PHILIP JORDAN

 
Full Name: Philip Jordan
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-X
Occupation Agent

Creator: Leslie Butler
Time Span: 1964 - 1966
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Philip Jordan is an agent with MIx.
       Also written as MIX and MI.x, this small branch of British Intelligence is definitely not MI5 or MI6 as the members of the group discuss how the cases they handle fall between the two larger, more well-known organizations, or perhaps act as a bridge between the two. Certainly the cases that Jordan works for them seem to stray into both jurisdictions. The agency is headed up by a person known as "One". Jordan's immediate boss, handler, and to a smaller degree colleague is a man named Horton.
       Jordan comes to work for MIx after an impressive period working in the OSS during WWII but his route to his career took a decidedly unorthodox route - he spent several years in various prisons. What made it more unorthodox was that it was planned by him all the way.
       His story is a sad but all-too-frequent one. He heads to war leaving behind a wife he loved and returns a couple of years later to find her involved with his best friend. The tale veers from the norm, though, when it turns out his friend is also an agent for the Communists and a drug dealer to further his plans. She is a target and the drugs she is given eventually destroy her mind. Jordan wants revenge. He gets it rather easily on him former friend but he wants to go up the chain.
       Jordan did not know at first that his targets were spies, using drugs and other offenses to finance their activites. To Jordan, they were criminals and to destroy them, he needed to get inside which meant he needed to be a criminal, too. In his days with the OSS, he had been taught by the very best safecracker how to open most anything and he used that skill to make a name for himself. He also made sure he was caught so his record would reflect his activities. He spent several years in prison for crimes he committed all to prove he was as crooked as he needed them to think him.
       It was when his activities took him to England and one step away from the Big Man that MIx stepped in. They knew the man Jordan was after was more than a crime boss and they wanted more than just an arrest. They approached Jordan with the truth and he reluctantly was in.

       Once his personal crusade was concluded, as told in the first adventure, he was in need of a new life. He had been a crook only to further his revenge. He had no desire to continue as one. MIx knew a good agent when they saw one and they made him an offer.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1964
Last Appearance:1966

1 Night And The Judgement Night And The Judgement
Written by Leslie Butler
Copyright: 1964

Philip Jordan is willing to do anything to get revenge on the man ultimately responsible for his wife's downfall. He will turn to crime. He will go to prison. He will even become the hated man's closest ally.

2 Recover Or Kill Recover Or Kill
Written by Leslie Butler
Copyright: 1965

When told he had to find and bring back a defecting scientist from the Iron Curtain, Philip Jordan knew the only way to do so was to become part of the team that smuggled the man out in the first place. He was willing to risk doing that. The other part to the 'recover or kill' order concerned him.

3 The Man Who Crawled Away The Man Who Crawled Away
Written by Leslie Butler
Copyright: 1966

The convoy carrying £12 million in gold was ambushed and the wreckage, along with the bodies, lay in a ravine. Except the gold is missing and there is one fewer bodies than there should be. Philip Jordan is sent to the Middle East to find the truth.

MY COMMENTS

       I was haivng fun with the first book in this series just trying to figure out who or what Philip Jordan was. At times he was a crook getting even deeper into his criminal career but obviously hating just about everyone else in it. At other times he was a schemer who you knew was setting up the bad guys for a fall. And then he switch back again. There was no confusion as much as there was increased anticipation. The first book is a great combination of hard boiled crook against the world and undercover agent against the wall.
       The next two had to switch gears because the criminal life of the character was concluded so definitively. They did so though the second book lagged a good deal. He was trying in a totally different way to force himself into a gang but it felt terribly uneven and even worse, often uninteresting. The third book restored a lot of the fun of the series by moving the character into a totally different environment but with the same degree of 'yeah, i can do it.'.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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