John Craig (fictional agent)
John Craig is the name of an exceptionally competent, tough-minded British agent who is the fictional hero of four superior spy thrillers written in the late 1960s and early 1970s by James Munro. Born in the Tyneside area of northeast England in 1924 and orphaned early in life, he joined the elite, and extra-tough, Special Boat Service in 1941 at the age of 17. By the time the war ended in 1945, he was a lieutenant with two decorations and three times mentioned in dispatches. When the first book opens, in April, 1961, he is a wealthy, but still extremely tough, gunrunner, secretly furnishing arms from all over Europe to the Algerian insurgents battling to win independence from France.
- The Man Who Sold Death, Alfred E. Knopf, New York, 1966, page 19