Desmond Bagley Books In Order

Slade Books In Publication Order

  1. Running Blind (1970)
  2. The Freedom Trap (1971)

Max Stafford Books In Publication Order

  1. Flyaway (1978)
  2. Windfall (1982)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. The Golden Keel (1963)
  2. High Citadel (1965)
  3. Wyatt’s Hurricane (1966)
  4. Landslide (1967)
  5. The Vivero Letter (1968)
  6. The Spoilers (1969)
  7. The Tightrope Men (1973)
  8. Snow Tiger (1975)
  9. Enemy (1977)
  10. Bahama Crisis (1981)
  11. Night of Error (1984)
  12. Juggernaut (1985)
  13. Domino Island (2019)

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Desmond Bagley Books Overview

Running Blind

It all begins with a simple errand a package to deliver. But for Alan Stewart, standing on a deserted road in Iceland with a murdered man at his feet, the mission looks far from simple. Set amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, Stewart and his girlfriend, Erin, are faced with treacherous natural obstacles and deadly threats, as they battle to carry out the mission. The contents of the package are a surprise for the reader as much as for Stewart in a finale of formidable energy.

The Freedom Trap

An agent of the British Government is sent on a new and deadly assignment to snare The Scarperers a notorious gang of criminals who organise gaol breaking for long term prisoners and Slade, a notorious Russian double agent whom they have recently liberated. The trail leads him to Malta, where he comes face to face with these ruthless killers and must outwit them to save his own life.


The disappearance of Paul Billson, clerk in an engineering firm, seems a minor matter to security consultant, Max Stafford. But when routine enquiries result in Stafford being beaten up, he goes after Billson, who has impulsively taken off for the Sahara, where his air ace father had crashed during the London to Cape Town air race forty years earlier. A recent newspaper smear implied that Billson’s father had rigged the crash to profit from an insurance scandal. Now Billson is intent on locating the plane and clearing his father’s name but someone is determined that he should never find it.


Jan Willem Hendryk’s legacy amounts to a staggering 40 million 34 million to go to an agricultural college in Kenya’s Rift Valley, and the remaining 6 million to be divided equally between his only surviving descendants: Dirk, a South African, and Henry, a young drop out living in California. But a number of suspicious circumstances emerge, including a clause in the will stating that Dirk must spend one month of every year in Kenya. What seems at first a simple matter of greed gradually assumes sinister proportions.

The Golden Keel

Mussolini’s missing treasure worth three million pounds lies hidden in Italy.

High Citadel

A group of adventurers set sail to track down the treasure and smuggle it out, encountering many enemies along the route, including murderous ex partisans, ruthless beauties and menacing smugglers, all of whom will stop at nothing for a chance to hijack the fortune.


Geologist, Bob Boyd, who works in British Columbia timber country, has no memory of his past following a terrible accident, which only he survived. Hired by the powerful Matterson Corporation to survey land before they build a great new dam, he begins to uncover the shaky foundations of the Matterson family and becomes a fly in their ointment. Matters are complicated when he falls in love with Claire Trinavant, the last link to a forgotten family whose name strikes a mysteriously resonant chord.

The Vivero Letter

Jeremy Wheale’s well ordered life is torn apart when his brother is murdered by a mob hit man, whose bait was a family heirloom a sixteenth century gold tray. The trail takes Wheale from Devon to Mexico and the wild tropical rain forests of Yucatan. In dense jungle, he helps two archaeologists locate the rest of a fabled ho*ard of gold treasure from Uaxuanoc, the centuries old lost city of the Mayas. But his brother’s enemies are on Wheale’s trail, and with them are the Chicleros, a vicious band of convict mercenaries.

The Spoilers

When film tycoon, Sir Robert Hellier, loses his daughter to hero*in, he declares war on the drug peddlers. London drug specialist, Nicholas Warren, is called in to organise an expedition to the Middle East, in an attempt to track down the big time dope runners, inveigle themselves into their confidence and make them an offer they can’t refuse. No expense is spared in the plans for their capture, but with a hundred million dollars worth of hero*in at stake, the ‘spoilers’ must use methods as ruthless as their prey.

The Tightrope Men

Giles Denison’s life is turned upside down when he awakes to find himself in a luxurious hotel in Oslo and, peering into the bathroom mirror, discovers the face of another man! He has been kidnapped from his flat in London and transformed into famous Finnish scientist, Dr Harold Feltham Meyrick. Compelled to adjust to his new persona including meeting his daughter and to play out the role assigned to him by his captors, he embarks on a dangerous escapade from Norway to Finland and across the border into Soviet Russia.

Snow Tiger

A small mining community in New Zealand is devastated when ‘the Snow Tiger‘ an avalanche rips apart their entire township in a matter of minutes, killing fifty four people. In the course of the ensuing enquiry, the antagonisms and fears of the community are laid bare, and a ruthless battle, for control of a multi million pound international mining group, is exposed. The tension in the courtroom mounts as each survivor gives his graphic account of the terrifying sequence of events.


Financial consultant, Malcolm Jaggard, begins a desperate investigation when flourishing industrialist and former Russian scientist, George Ashton, the father of Jaggard’s fianc e, mysteriously disappears following a vicious acid attack on his daughter. Ashton is traced from his home in Buckinghamshire to the wintry forests of Sweden, in a compelling tale about rivalries between intelligence groups and shocking experiments in genetic engineering.

Bahama Crisis

Tom Mangan is the affluent proprietor of a number of luxury hotels in the Bahamas, whose future looks even brighter with the injection of fifty million dollars provided by a well heeled Texan family. The day Mangan clinches the deal with his friend, Bill Cunningham, should be the happiest day of his life, but when his wife and daughter go missing at sea and a series of disasters befall his hotels, he begins to uncover a conspiracy to ruin him.

Night of Error

The only discernable bond in the relationship of brothers Mark and Mike Trevelyan is their fascination with the sea and its secrets. When Mike hears of his brother’s death, during an expedition to a remote Pacific atoll, the circumstances are suspicious enough to force him to investigate, and when he is the victim of a series of violent attacks, his search for the truth becomes even more desperate. Mike has only two clues a notebook in code and a lump of rock enough to trigger off a hazardous expedition and a violent confrontation far from civilisation.


It is longer than a football pitch, weighs 550 tons, and moves at an average of five miles per hour. Its job and that of company trouble shooter, Neil Mannix is to move a giant transformer across Nyala, an oil rich African state. When Nyala erupts into civil war, Mannix finds himself, and the Juggernaut, at the centre of the conflict. Can Mannix deliver the transformer to its destination or will warring factions finally halt its progress and destroy it?

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