Biggles and the Black Mask. A story of Biggles and the Air Police - Captain W.E. Johns 1964 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition Biggles follows a hunch to check up on a dark character from this past, and in the process uncovers a money smuggling ring run by a bored doctor.

The smuggling ring is being run under the guise of a charter holiday service. Ginger is sent along as a customer to check it out, and spends a few days in Nice before being kidnapped when he gets a bit too close to the truth.

The rest of the team manage to uncover Ginger's location, crack the smuggling ring and spring Ginger from his imprisonment in a house in Essex. The leader of the gang, Doctor Fortescue, confesses to running the operation purely as adventure, and then commits suicide.
  First Edition Points - Verso of title page states ‘First printed 1964’. Red boards with black titles on the spine. Knight logo on spine. Six b/w illustrations by Lesley Stead. Book list prior to title page lists up to Biggles’and the Plane that Disappeared, Comrades in Arms and 2 omnibuses. Dust jacket design by Studio Stead. Book list on rear panel goes up to Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns followed by two omnibuses. Number 69 on spine.

Reference: YABS. Biggles Online 80.1.
pp. 159 [1]. Publisher’s red cloth, spine lettered in black.
  Condition: Near fine, light spotting to top edge, in very good, bright price clipped jacket, rubbing to edges, small loss to tail of spine   Ref: 105571   Price: HK$ 1,600