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Full Name: Joe Johnson
Nationality: American
Organization: None
Occupation Private Investigator

Creator: Andrew Turpin
Time Span: 2017 - 2020


Joe Johnson is a private investigator.

Most of the time, anyways. It pays the bills and usually doesn't keep him away from home in the evenings which gives him time to be with his children, Carrie and Peter, both teenagers or near it when we first meet him. His wife had passed away a half decade before from cancer so it was the three of them, plus Johnson's older sister and her husband who help mind the kids when he is away.

And he is away a good deal. He says stridently that he hates it and there is no doubt he does but he also finds he misses the excitement of the old days when he is back home in Portland, Maine, looking into fairly mundane matters that come his way.

The old days just mentioned were first when he was in his mid-to-late 20's in the second half of the 1980's and worked for five years as a field operative with the CIA. His time was spent mostly in the Afghanistan area helping the mujahidin fight their protracted war with the Soviets. It came to an end when duplicity back at home got too much to let him stay in that job.

This was followed by quite a few years working for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) for the Justice Department and the work that fulfilled him the most. In his OSI role, he specialized in seeking out and hunting down war criminals whether it be those still hiding out from the Second World War or, as time went by, new ones in the Balkan Wars. Johnson was very good at his job because he had "a passion for justice and a drive to investigate unsolved war crimes in different parts of the world. In particular, he is frustrated by the sectarian and religious conflicts that generally lie behind such crimes."

When his wife grew ill and finally lost her battle, he quit his job with the OSI and moved his young family to Maine so his sister could help raise them. He fully expected to stay there doing his local investigations or the occasional lecture on war crimes until retirement but even though he is in his early 50's, he is still an active man who keeps good care of himself which is important because the calls for "just one more helping hand" from this old friend or that inevitably takes him to far off places where lots of people have lost of secrets they will keep to keep hidden.


Number of Books:7
First Appearance:2017
Last Appearance:2020

0 The Afghan The Afghan
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2019

A "prequel to the Joe Johnson series as a whole. It also creates the backdrop for book four in the series, Stalin's Final Sting". Joe Johnson is a CIA agent who is given the tricky assignment of both capturing a Soviet helicopter in Afghanistan as well as making better contacts with the mujahideen. This will earn him a very bitter KGB enemy.
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1 The Last Nazi The Last Nazi
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2017

Joe Johnson is a former CIA agent and a war crimes investigator who is intrigued about the connection between a missing Nazi train, hidden by them at the end of WWII, and the financing of a Republican presidential candidate in 2012. Looking into it will put him up against an SS killer.
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2 The Old Bridge The Old Bridge
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2018

20 years ago during the trouble in the Balkans, a cache of secret documents that links the Serbians and the White House went missing. Now Joe Johnson is on the hunt for it as well as a Bosnian army officer who disappeared after several gruesome murders.
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3 Bandit Country Bandit Country
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2018

The Troubles in Northern Ireland are supposed to be over but a series of bombings and sniper attacks has caused one business owner to ask Joe Johnson to come to Belfast to help find the ones responsible.
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4 Stalin's Final Sting Stalin's Final Sting
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2019

The consequences of the mission to Afghanistan that brought about Joe Johnson's leaving the CIA has returned to plague him. Now a mujahideen is out for revenge and a Russian oligarch close to Putin would like his history kept quiet, no matter who has to die.
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5 The Nazi's Son The Nazi's Son
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2019

A Russian defector is in Berlin. He has important insight into a bombing there in the 80's of a nightclub so Joe Johnson heads there to interview him. Former KGB agents and Stasi officers would rather he not talk and anyone listening to him is in peril.
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6 The Black Sea The Black Sea
Written by Andrew Turpin
Copyright: 2020

The CIA calls upon their former operative Joe Johnson to look into the explosion in the Ukraine that took out a Malaysian airliner and its passengers. What he finds leads him not to Moscow but to Capital Hill back in D.C.
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Joe Johnson is a very experienced fellow in both spycraft, having worked at the CIA for quite some time, and investigation, especially considering his current vocation. As a result, the man is able to find ways to get himself in a lot of very different and very sticky situations. He does not try to, of course, but he is curious and he is dogged and he is good, not to mention there are a bunch of not so nice people trying very hard to stay unknown about.

The writing of these books is really superb. Reading these books was a savory pleasure.


My Grade: A-


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