By Samborombón Bay, Character profile, Spy novels

Richard Blandy

We first meet Blandy on what proves to be his final assignment with Cadogan Ten, the highly secret unit of Her Majesty’s government tasked with covert operations.

“To his colleagues, he was firm but fair, a skilful planner, reliable, trustworthy and daring. A man with Olympic calm and reasoned authority, his voice rarely cranked up an octave, but when it did, people took note and listened.”

However, Blandy’s personal life is a disaster zone. He has a failed marriage behind him and is wracked with guilt for causing a car accident that has left his eldest son, Tim, paraplegic. Blandy is driven by a desire to make enough money for Tim to live independently with all of the special adaptations needed.

When Cadogan Ten is unexpectedly disbanded, Blandy starts up as a private investigator. He is tasked with investigating the disappearance of young German diplomat Carl von Menen, who was last seen in Argentina in 1945.

Blandy is intrigued by the forty-year-old mystery and lured by the potential for high financial rewards. But as he delves into the past, events take a sinister turn and he soon discovers that his own life is in danger.

Character profile, Out of Mecklenburg, Spy novels

Carl von Menen

Carl von Menen is the protagonist of Out of Mecklenburg: The Unwilling Spy. He is only 28 at the start of the novel, a talented young diplomat who works at the German Foreign Office and keeps his loathing of Hitler well hidden.

Man with a briefcase on a train station

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