Operation Pax

Michael Innes (Author)


When people disappear, one hears talk of Milton Porcorum.

On the outskirts of Oxford, a hapless criminal, Alfred Routh, lurks outside the walls of the intriguing Milton Pocorum, considering the likely riches within. But after a knock on the head, Routh comes to within the walls only to find it entirely bizarre and possibly life-threatening. Tame lions, sinister laboratories, and talk of a mysterious 'director' have Routh fleeing for his life.

Meanwhile, Sir John Appleby is on his way to Oxford - the fianc of his sister, Jane, is missing. Geoffrey Ourglass is something of an academic marvel at Bede's College: a war hero and burgeoning scientist, his disappearance has the dons in a state.

Rumours of a man on the run buzz around Oxford, enigmatic notes appear, cryptic phone calls roll in, and the spate of disappearances continues... something unsettling is afoot, and Jane suspects it all might be connected to her missing fianc .

In an adventure that tumbles through the stacks of the Bodleian Library to the bowels of the city of Oxford, Appleby and his heartbroken sister must unravel a series of increasingly baffling clues in pursuit of the maniacal madman at the centre of it all.

Operation Pax was originally published in 1951, and in the United States as The Paper Thunderbolt.

Product Details

Agora Books Limited
Publish Date
July 18, 2018
5.5 X 0.86 X 8.5 inches | 1.08 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Innes is the pseudonym of John Innes Mackintosh Stewart (30 September 1906 - 12 November 1994). Innes was a Scottish novelist and academic. He is equally well known for the works of literary criticism and contemporary novels published under his real name and for the crime fiction published under his pseudonym. Many devotees of the Innes books were unaware of his other "identity," and vice versa. Innes published nearly fifty crime novels and short story collections in his lifetime, but is best known for creating Detective Inspector Sir John Appleby of Scotland Yard, who eventually through the course of the later novels becomes Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He attended Edinburgh Academy, and later studied English literature at Oriel College, Oxford. Having lectured in English at the University of Leeds from 1930 to 1935, he would then become Jury Professor of English in the University of Adelaide, South Australia. Once he returned to the United Kingdom he lectured at Queens, Belfast from 1946 to 1948. In 1949 he became a Student (Fellow) of Christ Church, Oxford. By the time of his retirement in 1973, he was a professor of the university. He died in Coulsdon.