JEFFERY RAND

 
Full Name: C. Jeffery Rand
Nationality: British
Organization: Department of Concealed Communications
Occupation Agent

Creator: Edward Hoch
Time Span: 1965 - 2008
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jeffery Rand is an agent with British Intelligence.
       Rand, whose first name is sometimes spelled Jeffrey, is a expert specializing in codes and cyphers, though he quickly becomes quite good at being a detective as well. Rand is the Director of the Department of Concealed Communications created in 1963. Long before the days of one-time pads and 64-, 128-, and 256-bit encryption, the men and women of this agency worked to crack the codes of the enemy and to create encryption methods for its own side.
       Born in 1926, Rand is 39 years old when the first story appeared in 1965. Unmarried, he is said to have an eye for the ladies but lacks the drive to maintain a lasting relationship, at least for the first few years. As the series continues, he eventually meets a half-Scottish, half-Egyptian woman named Leila Gaad, falls in love after a time, and then marries her. After his retirement from the Department, the two take numerous trips to interesting places, giving him even more opportunity to get into trouble.
       Rand loves a good puzzle and cannot resist when one shows itself. Nor can he sleep when one is still nibbling at him and he takes on an almost-childlike excitement when he begins to see the solution, a trait that is infectious to those around him and humorous to his wife.
       No novel was ever written about Rand - all his adventures are told through short stories published in the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Three books were published containing some of the stories, with a fourth mentioned in one of the books but not verified by me as yet (though why would he lie?).
       In total, approximately 81 stories were written about Rand from the first in 1965 to the last published the year of the author's death, 2008.

BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1971
Last Appearance:2001

       Despite the fact that Edward Hoch never wrote a novel about the spy named Rand, four books were released. Each of these contained a few Rand stories taken from the pages of the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. A couple of the stories appeared in more than one collection.

1 The Spy And The Thief The Spy And The Thief
Written by Edward Hoch
Copyright: 1971

A compilation of 14 stories from the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

The first are about Rand:
- The Spy And The Bermuda Cipher
- The Spy And The Calendar Network
- The Spy Who Came To The End Of The Road
- The Spy Who Had Faith In Double-C
- The Spy Who Purchased A Lavender
- The Spy Who Took The Long Route

The remaining 7 are about gentleman thief Nick Velvet:
- The Theft Of The Blue Horse
- The Theft Of The Brazen Letters
- The Theft Of The Coco Loot
- The Theft Of The Laughing Lions
- The Theft Of The Wicked Tickets

2 Tales of Espionage Tales of Espionage
Written by Edward Hoch
Copyright: 1989

A compilation of 8 Rand stories. There were also a selection of Edward Hoch's Interpol stories and stories from other authors.

The Rand stories are:
- The Spy In The Pyramid
- The Spy Who Traveled With A Coffin
- The Spy In The Toy Business
- The Spy And The Cats Of Rome
- The Spy In The Labyrinth
- The Spy And The Snowman
- The Spy At The End Of The Rainbow
- The Spy Who Didn'T Defect

3 The Spy Who Read Latin The Spy Who Read Latin
Written by Edward Hoch
Copyright: 1990

Another collection of intriguing stories and mysteries concern Rand. This volume contained 5 stories:
- The Spy Who Came To The Brink
- The Spy Who Read Latin
- The Spy Who Traveled With A Coffin
- The Spy Who Collected Lapel Pins
- The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead

4 The Old Spies Club The Old Spies Club
Written by Edward Hoch
Copyright: 2001

Contains 15 stories about Rand and his wife, - Leila Gaad, most taking place after his retirement from the Service though still involved in intrigue. The stories are:
- The Spy And The Nile Mermaid
- The Spy In The Pyramid
- The Spy At The End Of The Rainbow
- The Spy Who Took A Vacation
- The Spy And The Cats Of Rome
- The Spy In The Labyrinth
- The Spy Who Was Alone
- The Spy Who Wasn’t Needed
- The Spy And The Healing Waters
- Egyptian Days
- Waiting For Mrs. Ryder
- The Old Spies Club
- One Bag Of Coconuts
- The Man From Nile K
- The War That Never Was

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:84
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:2008

       The incredibly talented Edward Hoch created the character Jeffrey Rand as yet another interesting entry for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and must have liked the man and the challenge of mixing espionage and mystery for he continued depicting cases/assignments for the next 35 years. In fact, only a handful of years did not contain at least two or three stories.
       Except where noted, all stories were published in Ellery Queen.

1 The Spy Who Did Nothing The Spy Who Did Nothing
short story

Copyright: 3/1965

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2 The Spy Who Had Faith In Double-C The Spy Who Had Faith In Double-C
short story

Copyright: 8/1965

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3 The Spy Who Came To The Brink The Spy Who Came To The Brink
short story

Copyright: 12/1965

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4 The Spy Who Took The Long Route The Spy Who Took The Long Route
short story

Copyright: 3/1966

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5 The Spy Who Came To The End Of The Road The Spy Who Came To The End Of The Road
short story

Copyright: 7/1966

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6 The Spy Who Walked Through Walls The Spy Who Walked Through Walls
short story

Copyright: 11/1966

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7 The Spy Who Came Out Of The Night The Spy Who Came Out Of The Night
short story

Copyright: 4/1967

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8 The Spy Who Worked For Peace The Spy Who Worked For Peace
short story

Copyright: 8/1967

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9 The Spy Who Didn'T Exist The Spy Who Didn'T Exist
short story

Copyright: 12/1967

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10 The Spy Who Clutched A Playing Card The Spy Who Clutched A Playing Card
short story

Copyright: 2/1968

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11 The Spy Who Read Latin The Spy Who Read Latin
short story

Copyright: 8/1968

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12 The Spy Who Purchased A Lavender The Spy Who Purchased A Lavender
short story

Copyright: 4/1969

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13 The Spy And The Shopping List Code The Spy And The Shopping List Code
short story

Copyright: 7/1969

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14 The Spy And The Calendar Network The Spy And The Calendar Network
short story

Copyright: 11/1969

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15 The Spy And The Bermuda Cipher The Spy And The Bermuda Cipher
short story

Copyright: 6/1970

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16 The Spy Who Traveled With A Coffin The Spy Who Traveled With A Coffin
short story

Copyright: 10/1970

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17 The Spy And The Diplomat'S Daughter The Spy And The Diplomat'S Daughter
short story

Copyright: 1/1971

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18 The Spy And The Nile Mermaid The Spy And The Nile Mermaid
short story

Copyright: 3/1971

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19 The Spy Who Knew Too Much The Spy Who Knew Too Much
short story

Copyright: 8/1971

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20 The Spy Without A Country The Spy Without A Country
short story

Copyright: 2/1972

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21 The Spy Who Didn'T Remember The Spy Who Didn'T Remember
short story

Copyright: 4/1972

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22 The Spy And The Reluctant Courier The Spy And The Reluctant Courier
short story

Copyright: 6/1972

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23 The Spy In The Pyramid The Spy In The Pyramid
short story

Copyright: 9/1972

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24 The Spy Who Was Expected The Spy Who Was Expected
short story

Copyright: 12/1972

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25 The Spy With The Knockout Punch The Spy With The Knockout Punch
short story

Copyright: 8/1973

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26 The Spy And The Intercepted Letters The Spy And The Intercepted Letters
short story

Copyright: 1/1974

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27 The Spy At The End Of The Rainbow The Spy At The End Of The Rainbow
short story

Copyright: 4/1974

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28 The Spy And The Talking House The Spy And The Talking House
short story

Copyright: 11/1974

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29 The Spy Who Took A Vacation The Spy Who Took A Vacation
short story

Copyright: 4/1975

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30 The Spy And The Mysterious Card The Spy And The Mysterious Card
short story

Copyright: 10/1975

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31 The Spy Who Collected Lapel Pins The Spy Who Collected Lapel Pins
short story

Copyright: 3/1976

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32 The Spy At The Crime Writers' Congress The Spy At The Crime Writers' Congress
short story

Copyright: 11/1976

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33 The Spy Who Died Twice The Spy Who Died Twice
short story

Copyright: 7/1977

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34 The Spy In The Toy Business The Spy In The Toy Business
short story

Copyright: 1/1978

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35 The Spy And The Cats Of Rome The Spy And The Cats Of Rome
short story

Copyright: 6/1978

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36 The Spy In The Labyrinth The Spy In The Labyrinth
short story

Copyright: 12/1978

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37 The Spy Who Had A List The Spy Who Had A List
short story

Copyright: 3/1979

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38 The Spy Who Was Alone The Spy Who Was Alone
short story

Copyright: 9/1979

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39 The Spy Who Wasn't Needed The Spy Who Wasn't Needed
short story

Copyright: 12/1979

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40 The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead The Spy Who Came Back From The Dead
short story

Copyright: 6/1980

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41 The Spy And The Snowman The Spy And The Snowman
short story

Copyright: 11/1980

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42 The Spy And The Walrus Cipher The Spy And The Walrus Cipher
short story

Copyright: 3/1981

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43 The Spy Who Didn'T Defect The Spy Who Didn'T Defect
short story

Copyright: 9/1981

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44 The Spy Who Stayed Up All Night The Spy Who Stayed Up All Night
short story

Copyright: 11/1981

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45 The Spy At The Film Festival The Spy At The Film Festival
short story

Copyright: 6/1982

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46 The Spy And The Village Murder The Spy And The Village Murder
short story

Copyright: 10/1982

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47 The Spy Who Sat In Judgment The Spy Who Sat In Judgment
short story

Copyright: 4/1983

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48 The Spy Who Stepped Back In Time The Spy Who Stepped Back In Time
short story

Copyright: 7/1983

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49 The Spy Who Went To The Opera The Spy Who Went To The Opera
short story

Copyright: 4/1984

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50 The Spy At The Top Of The List The Spy At The Top Of The List
short story

Copyright: 7/1984

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51 The Spy And The Suicide Club The Spy And The Suicide Club
short story

Copyright: 1/1985

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52 The Spy On The Seaway The Spy On The Seaway
short story published in Espionage Magazine

Copyright: 02/1985

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53 The Spy Who Looked Back The Spy Who Looked Back
short story

Copyright: 8/1985

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54 The Spy At The Spa The Spy At The Spa
short story

Copyright: 12/1985

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55 The Spy Who Knew The Future The Spy Who Knew The Future
short story

Copyright: 7/1986

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56 The Spy'S Story The Spy'S Story
short story

Copyright: 12/1986

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57 The Spy And The Short-Order Cipher The Spy And The Short-Order Cipher
short story

Copyright: 6/1987

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58 The Spy And The Embassy Murders The Spy And The Embassy Murders
short story

Copyright: 1/1988

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59 A Game For Spies A Game For Spies
short story

Copyright: 6/1988

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60 The Spy And The Guy Fawkes Bombing The Spy And The Guy Fawkes Bombing
short story

Copyright: 12/1988

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61 The Underground Spy The Underground Spy
short story

Copyright: 4/1989

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62 The Spy And The Geomancers The Spy And The Geomancers
short story

Copyright: 10/1989

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63 The Spy Who Went To Camelot The Spy Who Went To Camelot
short story

Copyright: 3/1990

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64 The Spy And The Healing Waters The Spy And The Healing Waters
short story

Copyright: 8/1990

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65 The Spy And The Christmas Cipher The Spy And The Christmas Cipher
short story

Copyright: 12/1990

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66 The Spy And The Gypsy The Spy And The Gypsy
short story

Copyright: 3/1991

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67 The Spy And The Psychics The Spy And The Psychics
short story

Copyright: 10/1991

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68 The Spy And The Greek Enigma The Spy And The Greek Enigma
short story

Copyright: 4/1992

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69 The Spy With The Icicle Eye The Spy With The Icicle Eye
short story

Copyright: 3/1993

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70 Spy At Sea Spy At Sea
short story

Copyright: 10/1993

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71 Egyptian Days Egyptian Days
short story

Copyright: 3/1994

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72 Waiting For Mrs. Ryder Waiting For Mrs. Ryder
short story

Copyright: 11/1994

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73 The Nine-O'Clock Gun The Nine-O'Clock Gun
short story

Copyright: 8/1995

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74 Train To Luxor Train To Luxor
short story

Copyright: 4/1996

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75 The Old Spies Club The Old Spies Club
short story

Copyright: 3/1997

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76 One Bag Of Coconuts One Bag Of Coconuts
short story

Copyright: 11/1997

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77 The Liverpool Kiss The Liverpool Kiss
short story

Copyright: 7/1998

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78 The Man From Nile K The Man From Nile K
short story

Copyright: 7/1999

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79 The War That Never Was The War That Never Was
short story

Copyright: 12/1999

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80 Season Of The Camel Season Of The Camel
short story

Copyright: 10/2000

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81 Tower To Nowhere Tower To Nowhere
short story

Copyright: 3/2002

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82 The Spy And The Minotaur The Spy And The Minotaur
short story

Copyright: 7/2002

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83 The Face Of Ali Baba The Face Of Ali Baba
short story

Copyright: 12/2003

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84 Paris Masque Paris Masque
short story

Copyright: 1/2005

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85 The Alexandrian Solution The Alexandrian Solution
short story

Copyright: 12/2008

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MY COMMENTS

       Mr. Hoch's specialty was mysteries so that is the main emphasis for the Rand stories. He dealt more in breaking codes and later in solving murders than in espionage work but no list of spies would be complete without including the terrific tales that Mr. Hoch gave us over the years.
       I once worked in the field of code breaking but I never was in the league with Jeffery Rand. Too bad, too, because I think I'd have fallen for his eventual wife, Leila.
       What is interesting about Rand is the truth he shows about code breaking and how man-made codes can be broken by another man if enough of the puzzle is visible. It just takes time and patience and often a matter of understanding the man who wrote the cypher.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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