In The Secret Agent, the
fictional equivalent of Auguste Coulon, the half-French, half-Irish informant on the payroll of the Metropolitan Police Special Branch, is Adolf Verloc, the half-French, half-English secret agent of the novel's title (Sherry 317-23).
Secret Agent, The
(in full The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale) Novel by Conrad, Joseph, first published serially in the New York weekly Ridgeway's in 1906-07 and in book form in 1907.
The unwaveringly detached voice that narrates The Secret Agent, the
novel's continual flow of corrupted characters, and a fragmented non-chronological discourse lend it the form and flavor of the anarchy that escapes its revolutionaries.