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The Crown Jewels robbery

Novella (9,465 words)

Millionaire Angus Oxbow has a younger brother who is in prison for a crime he did not commit. To obtain his release, he plans to steal some of the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London and strike a bargain for his brother's release against the return of the Jewels.

He recruits a team consisting of his ice-cool secretary, a firebrand socialist, and a hard-up ex-RAF pilot. They carry out the robbery successfully, but then the skullduggery begins.

Published in five daily parts in The Daily Mail, 24 to 28 September, 1956.

Included in the collection Crime and Detection, ed. John Higgins.