Manning O'Brine

Padraig Manning O'Brine (1913 – 1974) was an Irish thriller writer and television screenplay writer. Throughout his writing career, all of his novels have concerned fictional secret agents, and his works could therefore be considered spy fiction. He began with a series of about eight books about Michael the O'Kelly. He then wrote three books that were more realistic in nature than the O'Kelly books and received a certain amount of critical praise. These books are: Crambo, Mills, and No Earth for Foxes. There are a number of common characters in each of these books, such as Pavane and Crambo, but often the most important is Mills, who is obsessed, as apparently O'Brine himself was, with tracking down and killing Nazi war criminals. According to the backover blurb for the 1976 American paperback edition of No Earth for Foxes says that O'Brine was a former British secret agent who killed his first Nazi in Heidelberg in 1937 and his last one in Madagascar in 1950.


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