Mrs Pearson is upset when her husband, Desmond, seems to have disappeared from Prague. The man at the British Embassy is unsympathetic but the ambassador knows he is an M9 agent. He is an important contact for an agent from behind the iron curtain. Drake is sent to find out what is happening by posing as an Embassy employee with a weakness for alcohol. Drake digs into the social life of Prague by going to a party being organised by Milos Kaldor. Whilst there, he is drugged and arrested for drunk driving and seriously injuring a pedestrian. It appears Kaldor is in ...
Drake takes the place of a defector and goes behind the iron curtain to find out what is happening when foreign agents reach England. When he gets there he finds a replica English village, which is a school where foreign agents are taught to 'be British'. Actual British subjects, such as Drake, are employed to teach the agents the finer points of the British way of life. Drake sets out to disrupt their education and stop the supply of agents from reaching England.
Drake is sent to Africa to protect the prime minister, who is in the midst of an election campaign. It is suspected that the opposition leader is planning to overthrow the government but Drake finds out that it is much more complicated.
In a poignant reminder that spies are merely people and that they often take terrible punishment when caught, Drake tries to stop a former agent from killing the East German government official who had her tortured beyond repair.
M9 receives a mayday signal from an agent in an Arab country. He has been compromised and must get out. The agent is also the contact for a local spy called the Fish. Drake is sent undercover to bring the Fish out.
Drake is in India when he is asked by an old friend, the Delhi police chief, to investigate the mysterious death of the employee of a retired colonel. The colonel sells exotic butterflies but Drake finds out that there is a lot more to it.
A woman disguised as a clumsy tea lady steals some secret papers, which are sold to the highest bidder by a Mr Kent. M9 sends Drake to investigate a number of similar thefts by befriending the woman and infiltrating the organisation.
An international financier has come to the notice of M9, as he is believed to be an extortionist and murderer. When some important people are found dead, Drake goes undercover as a butler at the financier's rented villa in Rome.
A prisoner is soon to be released and is offered a well-paid job that is obviously crooked. As he wants to go straight, he reports the approach. Drake takes his place in order to find out what the crime is to be, which is murder.
Drake discovers that a woman is financing political agitators in Santo Marco trying to bring down the government. He sets out to find out who employs her and why. Drake finds it is being funded by a rich member of the aristocracy.
To save a friend with sensitive information who is being held in the Romanian embassy in Geneva, Drake must break into the embassy, in defiance of the British ambassador, retrieve his friend, and avoid an international incident.
A former republican leader returns to his home country to retire. However, he is arrested by the current president and faces the death sentence, something both the British and Americans do not want to happen. Drake is sent in to stop it.
After a driving accident, Drake finds he has a £500 gambling debt at a club he has no knowledge of, yet the staff seem to know him, and the club's manager, Mr. Alexander knows all about Drake's career with M9, and plans to blackmail him.
Glover has defected to China and M9 wants him back. Drake is ordered to try and get him. He follows Glover's wife to a remote Greek island near Albania where he encounters an Albanian agent keen on getting Glover's wife over the border.
Drake follows a young lady, who has been selling secrets, to France where he confronts her with what he knows. Kathleen is being blackmailed and her role is to take the information to France. She offers to help Drake find who employs her.
An M9 agent investigating the death of another man is murdered in Rome. Drake is sent to investigate what the circumstances of his death are and who murdered him. He finds the agent's tape recorder and this reveals that there is a murderers-for-hire organisation. To find the killers, Drake hires the organisation to kill him and sets a trap for the killer.
A British general asks Drake to help his brother-in-law in Paris, who is being blackmailed. By placing a tracking device in the blackmail money, Drake gets to the first stage in the chain, a beautiful French girl.
Noureddine assassinates the Shah of Assimi and Drake is brought in to get him to leave Beirut and travel to where he can be arrested. He does this by impersonating a struggling artist and befriending Noureddine's girlfriend.
A spying agency is selling stolen secrets in Portugal. Drake is sent there disguised as an unsuccessful, indigent writer. He makes contact with the wife of a smuggler who has disappeared, and who is believed to be involved in the spy ring.
Drake is sent to an African nation after M9 has received a report that the defence minister has been negotiating a secret treaty with the Chinese. Drake's task is to obtain a copy of the treaty in a heavily fortified ministry building.