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Sole Agent - a 1970s spy thriller novel

Peter Craig was hoping his stopover in Lisbon would just be long enough to share lunch and stories with Ferreira, now chief of the Portuguese Security Service. But a KGB spy, local revolutionaries and the British Defence Attaché’s maverick daughter are all unwittingly conspiring to ruin his day.

Caught between the police, the Embassy and the Kremlin, Craig will need all his bravery and cunning to prevent a diplomatic scandal – and to stay alive.

Read an extract from Sole Agent

Sole Agent Reviews

“Mr Benton’s Peter Craig is as resourceful as he is likeable and tough. . . lots of action and some nice, crisp talk.”
Oxford Times, 30.10.1970

lisbonCraig’s adventures take him to Lisbon

“If you missed meeting Peter Craig in the earlier Spy in Chancery, you can correct the oversight by making his acquaintance in Sole Agent. The creation of Englishman Kenneth Benton, a former Foreign Office and counterintelligence man, Craig is an overseas police advisor to Britain’s diplomatic corps.
This low-key, intelligent sleuth-agent never seems to have a moment to himself. In Spy in Chancery, he had to dig out a secret-stealer while attending an Interpol conference in Rome. In this one, he must interrupt a vacation cruise to find the missing daughter of an aide at the British Embassy in Lisbon.
The vanished young lady is a headstrong, provocative, permissive beauty, who’s gotten herself entangled in political subversion in Portugal, and in espionage for the Soviets. To protect the relations between Her Majesty’s Government and Lisbon, Craig must find the errant lass before the Portuguese police do.
Though this Craig adventure is too talky at times, it does have several good action sequences. And, as always, Benton’s strong point is interesting insights into international diplomacy, embassy life and embassy types.”
Buffalo, NY News  5.4.1975

“International indiscretions in Lisbon, with an intriguing mixture of Russian spies, Portuguese secret police and ingenuous revolutionary groups.”
Glasgow Herald, 17.1.1971

“An exciting and determinedly topical spy novella set in recent Portugal.”
The Scotsman, 1971

“Competent and tense to the last page.”
Belfast Telegraph, 1971

Amazon review

atmospheric, 2 December 2011
“A good old-fashioned thriller set in the days of the cold war, where spies were always gentlemen and sometimes rather beautiful ladies. Set in Lisbon, this timeless thriller describes the city and its surrounding area well, and kept me gripped throughout. Fast-paced and atmospheric with car chases, shoot outs and other capers. A proper spy novel.”