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Full Name: Harry Tennant
Nationality: British
Organization: British Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: David J. Oldman
Time Span: 2016 - 2020


Harry Tennant is an agent with British Intelligence.

Technically when we first meet him he is working with British Military Intelligence but this was as the latter was morphing back into the former so it was really a difference without a distinction, at least to Tennant.

We learn early on that Tennant was affiliated with that organization because of the work he had done in the last part of the War. As he put it, "While waiting my turn to be demobbed, I had expected to spend what remained of my army career riding around the city in a Jeep helping prevent the Russians taking the sort of inch they could turn into a mile. The army hadn't quite finished with me, though, and before my papers came through I found I had been promoted [to the rank of Captain] and transferred into a section of the Intelligence Corps under a hard-faced Scot named Jekyll."

He goes on to explain, "It had been set up to investigate war crimes and I assumed someone had got wind of the fact that before the war I'd been a policeman. I suppose they thought it might give me some sort of expertise in the matter. It didn't, of course, but I soon discovered that no one else had much expertise in that line either."

It is important to note that he was not retained to handle things as famous as the Nuremberg Trials. "Our brief was to look into those cases of army personnel who may have been either the victims or the perpetrators of war crimes. And the only things we ever hooked in the piscatorial line were small fry, tiddlers from the schools of cod-faced National Socialists who had "just followed orders".

All this makes it sound like Tennant was a lower-level military cop looking into petty crimes. Perhaps that is close to what was expected him to handle. He would find the matters that came to him to take care of started small but did not stay that way for long.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2020

1 The Unquiet Grave The Unquiet Grave
Written by David J. Oldman
Copyright: 2016

The year is 1946. Harry Tennant was just back for working for British Intelligence in Italy during the War. He was expecting to be demobbed but found himself put into investigating crimes against army personnel. That is what he was doing when Rose Kearney approached him to look into the disappearance of her brother. Doing so, he would find ample evidence of involvement by the SS.
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2 Requiem For A Patriot Requiem For A Patriot
Written by David J. Oldman
Copyright: 2018

The year is 1947. Harry Tennant was on the coast of England tailing a Russian Jew who was a professor of mathematics at Oxford and had also worked on classified matters for the government during the War. Now, though, Tennant was watching him strip naked on the beach and walk out into the surf, drowning himself. Now British Intelligence wants to know why and Tennant has the job.
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3 The Catcher Of Halensee The Catcher Of Halensee
Written by David J. Oldman
Copyright: 2020

The year is 1947. Harry Tennant is back in Berlin, again on behalf of British Intelligence. He is work with a German Socialist Party member who is passing on confidential intel. While Tennant is pleased to be back in Berlin, he is wondering why the SIS picked him for the job. And what really happened to the man who was doing the job before - was his death really an accident? And what about the former Gestapo officer spotted on the street, an amazing occurrence since he was supposed to be dead.
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I want to state right off that Harry Tennant is one of those characters any good spy-fi fan should know about so that when the next one comes out, it can be snatched up right away to make it desirable for the author to get working on the next.

Not only is Tennant a terrific character with just enough sass to make conversations worth following but not so much as to annoying, the cases that come his way are very interesting and worth pursuing. 

They come out much like a good police procedural, which fits considering Tennant's former profession, but which stay inside the spy-fi 'borders' enough to make them really suspenseful.

To the author, I ask, "Keep 'em coming!"


My Grade: A-


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