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Full Name: Kathryn 'Casey' Collins
Nationality: American
Organization: U.S. Foreign Service
Occupation Agent

Creator: Diana Deverell
Time Span: 1998 - 2017


Casey Collins is an analyst in the U.S. State Department.

An experienced Foreign Service officer, she is, at the start of the series, working the terrorism desk and helping track the comings and goings of known terrorists, monitoring carefully for not only acts but potential targets of acts.

Initially a very junior FSO attached to the American embassy in Warsaw, she became friendly with a Polish language teacher who turned out to be an undercover agent for the Danish Defense Intelligence. This man, named Stefan, brought to her news of an upcoming plot by rising terrorist star, Abu Nidal. Carefully she and her bosses studied the information, and the courier, and became convinced it was valid. From that moment on, her career changed. Her revised vocation will involve working with foreign intelligence organizations to combat terrorism.

Once Stefan's real identity became known and he returned to Denmark, their relationship grew to become lovers. For a while she considered leaving her employers and joining Stefan and his boss' anti-terrorist crusade. She even took extensive field training. In the end, though, she felt her place was in America, working for the State Department. Since then, she has become one of the leading authorities at State in terrorism.

Collins learns the hard way that being a darn good analyst and expert in the patterns of terrorists and extremists is quite a bit different from the world of a field agent with the enemy breathing down the neck and bodies shot and strewn about. She also learns that she has what it takes to survive, if she can just live that long.


Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:2016

1 12 Drummers Drumming 12 Drummers Drumming
Written by Diana Deverell
Copyright: 1998

Fearing that her lover, an operative for the Danish Defense Intelligence, had been onboard an airliner which blew up after leaving New York, Casey Collins heads to Europe to do her own checking. She is soon discredited by her own government and on the run from it seems everyone. She's just not sure why.
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2 Night On Fire Night On Fire
Written by Diana Deverell
Copyright: 1999

In Denmark to check on stolen Stinger missiles and to take part in a plan to get them back, Casey Collins is soon the target of Danish Hells Angels possibly paid to keep her from finishing her assignment.
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3 East Past Warsaw East Past Warsaw
Written by Diana Deverell
Copyright: 2011

While her career has her specializing in fighting the use of hand guns, especially against innocents, Casey Collins is pulled into a different sort of fight, this one based on a missing nuclear physicist and some plutonium that also disappeared.
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4 No Place For An Honest Woman No Place For An Honest Woman
Written by Diana Deverell
Copyright: 2012

A prequel - Casey Collins is new to the Diplomatic Corps and new to Poland when she becomes involved, intimately so, with a Marine guard and he with a sexy Polish field agent. In steps the handsome and seductive Stefan who wooes Collins as he convinces her that American lives are in danger in Libya.
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5 China Box China Box
Written by Diana Deverell
Copyright: 2016

For many years Casey Collins has stayed out of the fight, working in small embassies doing mundane work and living for happy hour. Then she learns that her beloved godson has fallen into a honey trap set by the Chinese and she knows she is the only one who can save him, and in doing so maybe save herself.
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Number of Stories:1
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2017

1 Shut Your Eyes and You'll Be Fine Shut Your Eyes and You'll Be Fine
short story
Written by
Copyright: 2017

A prequel - It is the early 80's. Casey Collins is stationed in Central America, her first posting after college and she is finding it very scary and is well on her way to being agoraphobic like her mother. She knew she had to find a way to get past it.
Originally published in Mystery Weekly Magazine, August 2017.
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2 Warm Bodies In A Cold War Warm Bodies In A Cold War
short story
Written by
Copyright: 2012

A prequel - stranded on a Polish rural road in winter after a car accident, Casey Collins gets a tad closer to her Marine guard than would be acceptable. That Marine soons gets involved in a honey trap and has only Collins to get him out.


Reading these two interesting tales of Casey Collins, I wonder why more did not get written. Did Ms. Deverell tire of the character? Did they not sell? Perhaps the idea of an American in love with a Pole working for the Danes got too confusing for people.

These things interest me. I never wonder why a series was written but often wonder why it was stopped. I am still curious.

I do know that from her own website, the author's life have a great deal of similarity to the character. She worked for the State Department, was stationed in Poland, met a Danish officer and married him. Nowhere, though, does her bio mention going up against terrorists and killers. It does mention having had three children so she obviously is no stranger to danger and torture.

Update: A few years after I wrote those words, Ms. Deverell returned to the world of Casey Collins and gave us two and a tad more adventures. There was a short story and a full-length novel which were prequels. There was also a sequel to the first two books. Collins is back. Maybe she will hang around a while.


My Grade: B+


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