Readers first met Five Lowrey in The
Thirteen, a story of life, love, secret society intrigue and death on Ohio
University’s campus in the Fifties.
Sphinxes follows Five from his
graduation into the world of spies. Without a plan for the future, he enlists
in the Army’s Counterintelligence Corps to escape the draft.
Five is well prepared for basic
training by his fraternity’s Hell Week ordeal. After basic training, Five learns the counter-espionage trade at Fort
His special skills as an artist gain him command attention and ultimate
assignment to an elite CIC unit. In the process, he falls in love with post
librarian Peggy Muldoon.
Five’s first case takes him to France
and to the Dordogne Valley
with its medieval castles, prehistoric caves and quaint villages. With the help
of Sureté agent Gigi Marchant, Five searches for a secret list of allied agents
in Europe, terminates an assassin and helps find a
missing CIC agent.
As in The Thirteen, Five’s role in this Cold War era story is filled with
colorful characters, beautiful young women, love affairs, and fascinating