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Full Name: Jack McCall
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: David Bishop
Time Span: 2012 - 2019


Jack McCall is an agent with the CIA.

He is a twenty-year veteran of the Agency having worked all over the globe in places both beautiful and deadly and had earned a reputation as a man who got the job done, usually without fuss or backdraft. He enjoyed it for most of those years and had never really considered anything else. Then came the death of his younger brother, also an agent, in the Middle East. The fact that it had been the elder McCall who was the operations manager on the project weighed heavily on him despite knowing it has been a tip from a Kuwaiti base worker that had alerted the targets, not any fault in the planning.

McCall could have taken a much safer job. He certainly does not do it for the money since he had enough to live quite comfortably without working thanks to a Canadian grandfather who had used "his knowledge of the Great Lakes to slip Canadian whiskey into the States" during Prohibition. His father had moved the family into the Chesapeake area and legitimized the holdings while also serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, which meant that the two McCall's could have done just aboue anything with their lives. But their father's work ethic had been passed on to them which meant taking it easy was not really an option.

Still, the enjoyment of being in the field was gone with his brother's death and McCall had, on his 46th birthday, been promoted to a desk job as a "special assistant for strategy and planning to the Director of Central Intelligence". He had bought a house and was settling down. It was expected that his days of putting his own behind on the line were over.

Then the President asked for a favor.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2019

1 The Third Coincidence The Third Coincidence
Written by David Bishop
Copyright: 2012

The murder of a Supreme Court Justice was just one of several high profile assassinations which appear to be the work of one person. The President asks Jack McCall to put together a multi-agency task force to find the killer. This will upset a lot of people in D.C., including the head of the FBI, and will make McCall's work even harder just as the killer ramps up the attacks.
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2 The Blackmail Club The Blackmail Club
Written by David Bishop
Copyright: 2013

One of the problems with blackmailers is they are seldom satisfied and keep making demands, ultimately driving the victim over the edge. The blackmailer who is targeting very powerful peole in D.C. is not making that mistake, causing many of those who have paid him off to not want to admit they were targeted. That makes new private investigator Jack McCall's job even harder.
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3 Game of Masks Game of Masks
Written by David Bishop
Copyright: 2019

The invitation that someone had left in Amy O'Sullivan's refrigerator balanced on top of a bottle of wine was intriguing. Attend a masquerade party in mask and earn a chance to win either $50k in cash or the free murder of someone she chose. She had someone in mind. Jack McCall is hired by her uncle to look into it.
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4 Ladies Lunch Club Murders Ladies Lunch Club Murders
Written by David Bishop
Copyright: 2019

The retired ladies of a lunch club are being murdered. Who or why is the question that Jack McCall is asked by the brother of one of the victims, the governor.
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This series starts out as spy fiction and morphs into a detective one but the writing remains consistently good and the plots are all very entertaining and I enjoyed them regardless what their genre.

I was confused as all get out at the transition from the end of the first book to that of the second, though.


The epilogue of the first adventure has the marriage of the main character to a lovely costar in the story. The start of the second adventure has him just getting over her death. What????

Still, abruptness aside, these are very well written tales and I enjoyed them. I just made sure I did not get too attached to anyone else who came along.


My Grade: B+


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