The Midas Touch – a 1970s thriller novel

The oil-rich middle eastern state of Jubayl is peacefully led by a long-serving and well-respected Emir, but that peace is shattered when his son and heir is found weighted in a watery grave beneath a leased oil rig. Peter Craig, overseas police adviser for the British Government, is in the region lecturing on couterinsurgency when his Embassy proffers his services to help find the killer.

The chief suspect, an oil company worker with motive – his ex-girlfriend’s liaisons with the dead sheikh – looks to have been framed, but the ‘evidence’ against him is damning unless Craig can present proof that he has been set up, and find another credible suspect. How is the sale of the oil platform to a neighbouring state linked to a local pimp and businessman? And who has most to gain from the death? What had the Sheikh’s network of spies discovered?

When the final events of The Midas Touch‘s intricate grand plan start to play out, the stakes are far higher than Craig could have anticipated and will call on all his skills and experience to avert international disaster in the Middle East.

Praise for The Midas Touch

“Peter Craig, diplomatic whizz-kid with expertise in counter-subversion, mixes it with fanatics in a Middle East emirate after one of the ruler’s family is hit; oil spun wealth, power and corruption much to the fore in this entertaining romp.”
— Yorkshire Post, 23.10.1975

“Interesting types and oil technology, action and surprise switches, all adeptly controlled in a tale that bubbles nicely along.”
— Oxford Times, 21.11.1975

“Peter Craig is lecturing on countersubversion in the Middle East oil state of Jubayl, when the corpse of the Emir’s heir is found anchored to the seabed at the foot of an American oil rig. An American pilot is charged with his murder, and Craig is soon searching for evidence to clear him. In the background are the problems the enormous oil riches have brought to the region and the clash between the traditionalist ruler and his materialist young kinsmen.”
— Violet Grant, The Daily Telegraph, 6.11.1975

Oil, sex and dastardly schemes galore speed on this good tale.”
— Current Crime, 1975