Cecil John Charles Street, MC, OBE (3 May 1884 – 8 December 1964), known to his colleagues, family and friends as John Street, began his military career as an artillery officer in the British army. He later earned his living as a prolific writer of detective novels.
John Street produced two long series of novels; one under the name of John Rhode, the majority featuring the academic Dr. Priestley, another under the name of Miles Burton, the majority featuring the retired naval officer Desmond Merrion; and a third under the name Cecil Waye.
The Dr. Priestley novels were among the first after Dr Thorndyke to feature scientific detection of crime, such as analysing the mud on a suspect's shoes. Desmond Merrion is an amateur detective who works with Scotland Yard's Inspector Arnold.
Street was a member of the Detection Club.