John Russell is the main protagonist in a series of historical/political/spy thriller novels by British author David Downing. The series is also known as the John Russell/Effi Koenen series. Set in 1939 during World War II, Russell is a British journalist who starts working as an amateur spy in Berlin, Germany.
David Downing is a British author of political/spy thriller novels and non-fiction books. He is the author of the John Russell & Effi Koenen World War II spy thriller series. He has also written an eclectic mixture of non-fiction books, ranging from military and political history, Russian Football, musicians like Neil Young and much more.