He serves as a major protagonist in The Man in the Brown Suit and Cards on the Table, the deuteragonist in Death on the Nile, and the main protagonist in Sparkling Cyanide.
Colonel Race is a highly intelligent ex-Army Colonel who had a stint as a leader of the counter intelligence division of the British spy agency MI5. He is immensely rich, having inherited the fortune of "Sir Lawrence Eardsley".
The Colonel starred as an amateur detective in four of Christie's books, and a friend and ally to Hercule Poirot. The Colonel is known for his patience, composure, and ability to quickly detect facts without anyone else noticing.
The Man in the Brown Suit
Cards on the Table
Death on the Nile
- In the 1978 film of Death on the Nile, Colonel Race was played by the late David Niven.
- In the same book's 2004 TV adaptation for the television series Agatha Christie's Poirot, he was played by James Fox.
- In the 2006 adaptation of Cards on the Table for Agatha Christie's Poirot again, a new character based on Colonel Race (named "Colonel Hughes"), was improvised. Colonel Hughes was portrayed by Robert Pugh, due to James Fox being unable to reprise his role.
- In the BBC Radio 4 adaptations of Death on the Nile (1997) and Cards on the Table (2002), Race was played by Donald Sinden.
- According to the known cast members by far, Colonel Race is most likely omitted from the 2020 film adaptation in Death on the Nile due to lacking an actor portraying him in this version, with his role possibly taken over by Monsieur Bouc, who never appeared in the original source material. It remains to be seen if it is true.
- Like Poirot, Colonel Race remains unmarried throughout his life. However, in Agatha Christie's Poirot, it was stated that Colonel Race has a son, quite the contrary to the novel's desription.