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Literature / The November Man

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The November Man is a Spy Fiction book series created by Bill Granger. The first book in the series was released in 1979, with 12 more books following.

The main character of the series is Peter X. Deveraux, codenamed The November Man, an american secret agent who works for spy agency "Section R", which was founded by President Kennedy as an opponent to CIA, after they had kept some secrets from the President's knowledge.

A movie based on the seventh book in the series, There Are No Spies, was released on August 27th, 2014, starring former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

The novels provide the examples of:

  • Catchphrase: Deveraux tends to answer "Perhaps" to every close question, in order to keep the truth hidden.
  • Code Name: Everyone in Section R has got one.
  • Continuity Nod: Each book always references the previous one, and there are several continuity nods during the series, especially when old characters return.
  • Dirty Communists
  • Fake Defector: Tartakoff in British Cross
  • Friendly Enemy: Denisov and Deveraux to each other
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Section R.
  • No Such Agency: Averted. When Rita Macklin does some research to find out wether Deveraux actually works as a journalist for Central Press Association, she finds out that such agency exists
  • Safety in Indifference: Deveraux
  • Spy Speak: "Langley" for "CIA", "Auntie" for British Secret Services, and "Oppositions" for "KGB" and russians in general.
  • The Mole: George in British Cross