CALLAN: The characters
Former operative in Security, now a clerk. A basically kindly man but with a high degree of skill and security. Good pistol shot and a cunning thief. The clash of the two interests has left him bewildered as a human being. Lower middle-class background. Age 35.
Head of Security section. Regular army in manner. Hunter’s ruthless and well-mannered. Makes plans like a first-rate staff officer, which in fact he is. Age 50.
Ex-regular German Army officer, now a gun runner to the Indonesians in Malaysia. Big, bluff, charming, immensely competent. Fond of the good things in life. Age 50.
Meres: Public school, Etonian manner. Fascist in outlook. An executioner who loves his job. Mid-twenties. Lonely: Small, nervous crook who suffers badly from B.O. and specialises in obtaining firearms.