Born in Wolverhampton (UK) in 1909; recruited to MI6 in 1937; worked in PCO in Vienna, later in Riga [Latvia, acting as Vice-Consul, from 1938 until 1940, date of occupation of the Baltic States by USSR].
From 1941 to 1944, he served in Madrid as head of counterespionage [Section V of MI6, posing as 3rd Secretary]. There he reported technically to Hamilton Stokes, Head of the Madrid SIS Station.
He had clearance to read ISOS traffic.
As a result of his work, agents Treasure, Artist, Tricycle and Garbo were exfiltrated to England to work as double agents under the control of the XX Committee.
Having worked under “Kim” Philby’s direction, the defection of the later to Moscow “blew” his cover. He continued to serve MI6 in Rome [1944-1948, 2nd and later 1st Secretary, 1950-1953], Spain [1953-1956], Peru and Brazil.
Married to Peggie Pollock Lambert.
Retired in 1968. Died in 1999.
He wrote twelve fiction books and was President of the Crime Writers Association.
|Twenty-fourth Level||1969||WM Collins|
|Sole Agent||1970||WM Collins|
|Spy in Chancery||1972||WM Collins|
|Craig and the Jaguar||1973||Macmillan|
|Craig and the Tunisian Tangle||1974||Macmillan|
|Death on the Appian Way||1974||Chatto & Windus|
|Craig and the Midas Touch||1975||Macmillan|
|The Red Hen Conspiracy||1982||Macmillan|
|A Single Monstrous Act||1982||Macmillan|
|Time for Murder||1985||Robert Hale|
|Ward of Caesar||1985||Robert Hale|
|Greek Fire||1985||Robert Hale|