Robert L. Duncan, who sometimes used the pseudonym James Hall Roberts, wrote a new kind of spy novel, one in the tradition of John le Carré and Graham Greene, but different in its focus on international conspiracies that a persistent individual can undo. His recurrent message is that, despite seemingly impossible odds, a determined, resilient man with the courage of his convictions and a sense of right can make a difference in today’s world. His strengths are his expertise in Far Eastern history, politics, psychology, and culture, and his willingness to break traditional molds. The Q Document (1964), for example, is unique in its application of New Testament studies and scholarship on the deciphering of ancient manuscripts to an intriguing thriller plot. Duncan’s novels are regularly published in Great Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, West Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, and South America.