(Found) The Flood

TomMazanec

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Cheap Sixties paperback. I remember the cover as mostly white with a small picture and the title.
Mutation (natural or man-made) makes apple trees turn malic acid into water. Much of British coastline submerged (yeah, I thought it was kinda dumb even as a schoolboy).
Was part of a series. Another one in the series may have been called "The Sound".
 

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A little research reveals that this must be The Flood (1956) by the super-prolific author John Creasey, one of a series of espionage/science fiction adventures featuring the character of Dr. Palfrey. I found a version online somewhere (which I cannot now locate, darn it) with searchable excerpts, and the word "malic" came up several times.


There is not a book in the series called The Sound, but there is one called The Plague of Silence.

 
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Is that the same author who wrote The Toff books?
I've got a few of them.
 

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Is that the same author who wrote The Toff books?
I've got a few of them.


Yes, indeed. And a whole bunch of other novels.


John Creasey MBE (17 September 1908 – 9 June 1973) was an English crime writer, also writing romance and western novels, who wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty-eight different pseudonyms.
 

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What an awesomely productive writing career he had, over a book a month.
 

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What an awesomely productive writing career he had, over a book a month.

Mind-boggling, and yet only half that of Charles Hamilton (equivalent of 1200 novels). Bashing out a novel a fortnight on a typewriter, you'd think his fingers would be worn down to the elbow.
 

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