HE worked in the shady world of intelligence. But now a “secret agent” turned author will be speaking at the Huddersfield Examiner Literary Luncheon.
Christopher Morgan Jones, of Tuffnell Park, North London, worked in private intelligence for 10 years.
But he then decided to swap his 007 lifestyle for long nights sitting writing his fictional accounts of the work.
Now having released his first book, An Agent of Deceit, in hardback he is busy getting to grips with his second work of fiction.
The father-of-two said: “I worked for a company called Kroll, a large private intelligence company.
“After just over 10 years with them, I left three years ago to set up my own company.
“I aimed to set up a financial business but decided to do it just as Lehmann Brothers collapsed which meant that it failed.
“I then started to write books about two years ago.
“Writing books for me is best described as something I would still not have got round to doing, when I was lying on my death bed.
“I was lucky that I was able to have the opportunity to do this, and it only arose as I was busy looking for a job.
“Writing the book proved to be far more interesting than a job.”
Christopher, 40, lives in North London with his two young children and his wife, Suzy Lucas.
A love of literature is deep-rooted in the family as Christopher studied English Literature and Language at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Suzy also works for the British Film Institute, suggesting suitable books for film adaptation.
He said: “The first book came out in hard-back five months ago and is due to come out in paperback in March.
“An Agent of Deceit is about a fight between two rich men, one of whom is Russian.
“The Russian has a frontman, Richard Lock, who for years has covered up what the Russian owns and where it is.
“Journalist Ben Webster takes it upon himself to show the world that Lock is a fraud.
“The book explores what happened to Lock’s life as a result and how difficult it becomes.
“I am now writing book two, which has not yet been named and will be out in May.”
Critics have compared his book to the work of espionage writer, John Le Carré and it has been described as a “classy thriller”.
Christopher, who is originally from Kinver, in the West Midlands, said he has not been to Huddersfield before and is looking forward to exploring the town when he gives his first talk at the Huddersfield Examiner Literary Lunch on October 5 at the Galpharm Stadium.