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Full Name: Peter Lawson
Nationality: British
Organization: Special Branch
Occupation Agent

Creator: Melvin Bolton
Time Span: 1984 - 1988


Peter Lawson is a thief turned agent for Special Branch.

Peter and Maria Lawson were very happily married. They were also partners in the same very success line of work, which is to say they were thieves and rather elite ones at that. For many years they had 'earned' an income robbing from the very rich elite little trinkets and drawings that others wanted and, though the authorities would have liked to stop them, the couple was good enough to remain un-nabbed.

In fact, for the ten years that they had worked together and the considerable fortune they had amassed, the police had never once looked their way. Their anonymity was by no means a fluke or a lucky set of circumstances; the Lawson's were extra-careful, meticulous, and very good at burglary.

Until, however, in the first chronicled adventure, they pick as their next victim very much the wrong estate and Maria pays dearly for the intrusion. Their plan had been working perfectly except that their plans were interfering with someone else's and that person raised the alarm and Maria was accidentally killed.

Now wanting revenge, Lawson uses the same skills that had made him rather wealthy but he used them to prove the guilt of those who killed his wife. Along the way, he is helped, not stopped, by Special Branch, for they want the culprits for their own reasons.

After the matter is resolved, Lawson, now known to the police and without his partner-in-crime, is open to the offer of work doing what he does so very well. He isn't asked to steal so much as to use his stealing gifts to catch those stealing the country's secrets and since the adage of 'it takes a thief to catch a thief' seems well proven, Lawson is very good at it.


Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1984
Last Appearance:1988

1 The Softener The Softener
Written by Melvin Bolton
Copyright: 1984

A member of Parliament has some pretty and expensive pieces of ivory that Peter and Maria want to take. When she is killed without good reason, Peter Lawson decides he must bring down a would-be despot.

2 The Testing The Testing
Written by Melvin Bolton
Copyright: 1987

In his first solo case for the Special Branch, Peter Lawson investigates the use of a British company to funnel money from the Soviets to the Free Africa Movement in South Africa.

3 The Offering The Offering
Written by Melvin Bolton
Copyright: 1988

A Russian diplomat stationed in London makes a strange appeal to the British for aid in finding his father, a scientist missing in Afghanistan. Peter Lawson, finishing up a task in Pakistan, is ordered to go on the hunt.


I was surprised when I read the first book and found what I thought to be a major character suddenly dead in the early pages. As a result, I read on without any expectations for any character - not a usual method for enjoying a series.

Lawson is an interesting fellow but he undergoes strange twists as his author seems to struggle with what the man should be. If I am wrong, I apologize.

This shouldn't take any one from reading these good books, well crafted and entertaining. Lawson, whether he is plotting revenge for his wife's death or trying to track down a missing scientist, is methodical and intelligent and a lot of fun to read. Just expect a bit of a jar from the first book to the remaining two.

The writing in these three books is terrific and the pacing is superb. I would have loved to have had more Peter Lawson adventures.


My Grade: B+


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