Bowden Cable was a member of SpecOps-27, the LiteraTecs, working under Victor Analogy and alongside Thursday Next. He was sensible, with no sense of humour, but a good person who helped Thursday on several missions.

At one point, he had romantic feelings for Thursday, but got over them when she married Landen Parke-Laine.

In First Among Sequels, he ran the undercover SpecOps and the cover carpet shop, Acme Carpets.

In The Woman Who Died a Lot, Phoebe Smalls wanted him to be her deputy in the LiteraTecs. She asked Thursday about it, but she was pretty sure he wouldn't want to.