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JOE WILDERNESS

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Full Name: John Wilfrid Holderness
Series Name: Joe Wilderness
Nationality: British
Organization: MI-6
Occupation Agent

Creator: John Lawton
Time Span: 2013 - 2016

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Joe Wilderness is an agent with MI-6.
       Not so you would notice, of course. And not like Wilderness would admit to it. Wilderness is sort of cagey that way about his work and his life. That is not only because that is the way Wilderness is but also because it sort of true and sort of not.
       First of all, Wilderness is not his name. His name is John Wilfrid Holderness. He got the nickname of Joe Wilderness from the ladies he associates with who apparently find his lack of committment unpleasant. He seems to like the name, though.
       Secondly, Wilderness is a former crook of some skill and is now a private investigator of not so much ability. Divorces and the like are his primary money maker. But at least he is largely legit.
       Back in his early days living with his grandfather who taught him all the things a good grifter and cheat would need to know, Wilderness was doing alright for himself and enjoying it. He was a good cat burglar and a better than average card sharp and pretty much game for anything that looks the least bit shady.
       Then came WWII and right afterwards a call for duty by the British Army and life is changed for him. Largely. He is serving as he should but in Berlin after the war, the black market is begging for entrepenuers and he is decidedly one. But even that gets changed when he gets a visit from a fellow from MI-6 who could use someone of his abilities.
       Jump ahead nearly two decades and we have Wilderness as the gumshoe and suddenly old folks from the before days are calling or dropping by and MI-6 is remembering his address and things get very complicated for the Cockney fellow.
       Wilderness is not especially out to get rich. He would just like to stay alive.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2013
Last Appearance:2016

1 Then We Take Berlin Then We Take Berlin
Written by John Lawton
Copyright: 2013

The year is 1963. Joe Wilderness is barely making ends meet as a private investigator taking most divorce cases. He gets a call from an old American war buddy, Frank, he played around the black market trade with back in the day. Frank is doing a lot better than Joe but wants his help with a new scam. It will take Wilderness to Berlin and into the people smuggling game even as JFK is preparing for his famous Berlin visit.
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2 The Unfortunate Englishman The Unfortunate Englishman
Written by John Lawton
Copyright: 2016

Sitting in a Berlin jail for shooting someone Joe Wilderness is not in a great mood. He is not elated when his old MI-6 boss shows up with an offer to get him out in exchange for going back to work with him. It seems an MI-6 agent is under arrest in Moscow and a KGB sleeper agent is being held in London. A switch is to be made. Joe Wilderness is to be the go-between. It will not prove to be an easy job.
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