All the World's a Stage for Secret Agent Kit Cobb
Son of Isabel Cobb, the most famous American actress of her time, Christopher "Kit" Cobb was born and raised to play a role--as an undercover operative working for U.S. intelligence during World War I. Cobb, who started his professional life as a war correspondent, segued naturally into the life of a secret agent when his nation called on him to help out during wartime.
Old-fashioned boy's adventures with picturesque bad guys and unflappable good guys
I was drawn to this series because of the author's literary reputation. These are old-fashioned adventures, heavy on the action and light on emotion. Cobb is unflappable, focused on logistics, barely blinking when he encounters evil. Bad guys pop up like so many tin silhouettes in a shooting gallery and Cobb mows them down. Cobb's main emotional attachments are to his famous mother and his portable typewriter and considering his general lack of introspection and reflectiveness, that probably won't change.
Begin with the best, The Star of Istanbul (#2).
Below, the spy novels in chronological order:
1914. In Veracruz, Mexico to report on the United States occupation of the city, Cobb discovers a German agent on a mysterious mission. 1915. Cobb follows a suspected German agent onto the ship Lusitania where Cobb becomes smitten with a famous actress who has a secret every bit as sinister as the German agent's. 1915. Cobb's mission is to ferret out the true loyalties of a British baronet, who is enamored of world-famous actress, Isabel Cobb, known to Cobb as "Mom."