Saving the Queen

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Saving the Queen
Saving the Queen Cover.jpg
First edition book cover
Author William F. Buckley, Jr.
Country United States
Language English
Series Blackford Oakes
Genre Spy thriller, espionage
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
January 28, 1976
Media type Print, 8vo
Pages 248
ISBN 9780385038003
Followed by Stained Glass

Saving the Queen is a 1976 American spy thriller novel by William F. Buckley, Jr., the first of eleven novels in the Blackford Oakes series.[1]


This novel, set in 1952, reveals Oakes's childhood and educational background, his recruitment into the CIA, and the Agency's procedures for "handling" him. His first assignment sends him to Britain, where he must identify (and deal with) a high-level security leak close to the (fictional) British monarch, Queen Caroline. Also, Rufus, the enigmatic genius behind American intelligence operations, is introduced.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodman, Walter (January 11, 1976). "Everyone Lists Toward the Orotund". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  • Buckley, Jr., William F. (1976). Saving the Queen. Garden City: Doubleday. ISBN 9780385038003. 
  • Buckley, Jr., William F. (1995). The Blackford Oakes Reader. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel. ISBN 9780836280982.