A decade ago, a cloak-and-dagger novel of mine was roundly panned in the daily Times.
Then, it was all murderous cloak-and-dagger stuff conducted far from the light of day, with scant regard for the law or human rights.
So what did this man do to merit a cloak-and-dagger operation estimated to have cost close to £1m?
The Windows drive is patched with whatever the MS auto-update cloak-and-dagger process does to it.
Or they can pull a cloak-and-dagger job and install taps at a cellular company's base station.
A recent case with facts that read like a cloak-and-dagger novel raises serious questions about the psychotherapist-patient privilege.
Most writers use conventions most of the time, of course; it is all part of the cloak-and-dagger craft of catching readers unaware.
But don't think there's any cloak-and-dagger spying going on.
Publication has been shrouded in cloak-and-dagger security.
He saw me at the hungry i in San Francisco two years ago and that's when he had the brilliant idea to use me in a cloak-and-dagger deal.