The Boer War is finally ending and for three thieves there is the unexpected bonus of stealing an army payroll so large that they have to bury it outside a Free State town until the heat cools off. But the army chose an officer to help track them down. While the thieves wait for an opportunity to return to the stolen bounty, the officer chases them, giving rise to a riotous set of events. Based on a true story, this John Harris adventure entertains and delights in a series of incredulous scenarios brought to glorious life against the backdrop of South Africa’s diamond mines.
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John Harris, who also wrote under the pen names of 'Mark Hebden' and 'Max Hennessy' was born in 1916. He authored the best-selling and later filmed The Sea Shall Not Have Them, a story of survival and rescue from World War II, which continues to be periodically screened on TV. He was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier, a cartoonist and a history teacher. During the War Harris managed to serve with two air forces and two navies. After turning to full-time writing, he wrote adventure stories, war novels, political thrillers, and also created a sequence of crime novels around the quirky French Chief Inspector Pel, centred primarily in Burgundy, but occasionally Paris and elsewhere. Harris was unusually versatile and wide ranging as an author. Epics such as China Seas, which deals with human tragedy, war and revolution in an authentic historical setting, and the three trilogies written under the pseudonym Max Hennessy - one of which, the Kelly Maguire series which commences with Lion at Sea, being amongst the finest modern war-at-sea stories written - along with African adventure novels, wide-ranging crime, mysteries and historical fiction, guarantee a whole library of diverse and entertaining reading full of dry wit and gripping prose.About the Author:
John Harris wrote under his own name and also the pen names of Mark Hebden and Max Hennessy. He was born in 1916 and educated at Rotherham Grammar School before becoming a journalist on the staff of the local paper. A short period freelancing preceded World War II, during which he served as a corporal attached to the South African Air Force. Moving to the Sheffield Telegraph after the war, he also became known as an accomplished writer and cartoonist. Other “part-time” careers followed. He started writing novels in 1951 and in 1953 had considerable success when his best-selling The Sea Shall Not Have Them was filmed. He went on to write many more novels under his own name, and also some authoritative nonfiction, such as Dunkirk. Using the name Max Hennessy, he wrote some very accomplished historical fiction, and as Mark Hebden, the Chief Inspector Pel novels, which feature a quirky Burgundian policeman. Harris was a sailor, an airman, a journalist, a travel courier, a cartoonist, and a history teacher, who also managed to squeeze in over eighty books.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1974. Book Condition: Fair. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP70658957
Book Description United Kingdom: Hutchinson, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. The jacket is rubbed.One inscription.Well bound.[R.K]. Bookseller Inventory # kc63
Book Description Hutchinson, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. jacket is rubbed and edgeworn.no inscriptions,light marks.soundly bound.[J.K]. Bookseller Inventory # oeod
Book Description Hutchinson, London, 1974. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fairly Good. First Edition. Some speckling of top and fore-edge; spine a little faded; dustwrapper faded on spine and creased on the back, with a few small tears. Bookseller Inventory # 005795