Morrey, Serge and Tony are sent to Mars to investigate the murder of William Baines, an electronics specialist who has been found dead in a crater. There are more than a hundred people working in Mars city, and at first the astrotecs, as Commander Morrison calls them, see no reason to suspect one more than another. However, investigations on the spot soon narrow down the field to a few suspects, and gradually all the clues begin to point in one direction. Morrey and Serge are sure that the case is solved, but Tony still has doubts, and he decides on an independent - and dangerous - piece of detective work.
Hugh Walters was a prolific writer of science fiction stories. Whilst his principle target audience was teenagers, his combination of genuine science about the solar system with adventure and suspense thrown in, made him popular with a wider spectrum of readers.
Born Walter Llewellyn Hughes on 15th June 1910 in Bilston, Staffordshire, the eldest of four children of Walter Martin and Kate Hughes. He was educated at Dudley Grammar School and as a young man was an enthusiastic Scoutmaster. Most of his working life was as Managing Director of Bradsteds, a light engineering factory in Bradley. His interest in space travel began when he and his son attended the meetings in Birmingham of The British Interplanetary Society in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Throughout his adult life he was an active Rotarian, a Justice of the Peace, and spent many years as a Councillor in Local Government in Bilston and Wolverhampton. His father had been an Alderman and Mayor of Bilston in 1937.
He married, first, Doris Higgins on 23rd April 1934. They had two children, Walter Frederick and Gillian Doris. His wife, Doris, died on 3rd September 1965. He married his second wife, Susan Elizabeth, in 1978. Walter Llewellyn Hughes died on 13th January 1993, survived by Susan and his two children.