Colonel Race is a fictional character created by Agatha Christie. He 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 a detective in four of Christie's books, most notably as Hercule Poirot's good friend in Cards on the Table (1935) and Death on the Nile (1937). He also appears in Sparkling Cyanide (1945) and The Man in the Brown Suit (1924).