Darcy returned to San Francisco, her birthplace, at age nineteen after living abroad for eighteen years. She saw her share of the world—Africa, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand—while her parents built their wine company, McClain Import Export.
Darcy holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and is fluent in six languages. Although she planned to work for the CIA, she didn’t make the cut and has no idea why. She was recruited by the FBI’s Cyber Division and was on the fast track at the bureau when her parents died in a plane crash, leaving her sole guardian of her nine-year-old sister Charlene. Darcy thought boarding school offered the perfect solution for them both, but four years later, St. Mary’s Academy expelled Charlene. Darcy had to accept a new role as parent, one of the hardest tasks she had ever faced. Reluctantly, and with some resentment, she resigned from the FBI to play parent to her sister. When Charlene entered high school, Darcy started McClain Investigations.
Darcy’s father, Bennett McClain, was born in San Francisco, and was the owner of McClain Import Export. He began his business venture in Beaune, France, where he met and married a vintner, Alix Diard-DeLage. Darcy’s mother, Alix, was born in Volnay, France, into the wealthy Diard-DeLage Burgundy wine monopoly. Both parents died in a plane crash when Darcy was twenty-nine.
Darcy’s sister, Charlene McClain, is twenty years younger than Darcy and her only sibling. Charlene was scarred emotionally by the sudden death of her parents, and the wounds deepened when Darcy shuffled her off to boarding school. Ten years later, the rift between the sisters remains.
Bullet is Darcy’s male black giant schnauzer who she rescued after his original owner was killed. You can read Bullet’s story in Gadgets.
Samantha “Sam” Logan is the daughter of John and Melissa Logan, co-owners of McClain Import Export. Sam and Darcy grew up seeing the world together, and both graduated from Stanford Law School at the same time. Sam was interested in a career with the FBI but was recruited by the CIA.
Daniel “Dan” Gruet is Darcy’s former FBI partner and now owns the Gruet Agency, which specializes in white-collar crime. Occasionally, Dan and Darcy collaborate on cases.
My name is Bullet. I am a male giant schnauzer and Darcy McClain’s sidekick in our thriller series. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I was born in Kerrville, Texas, at Target Kennels, which is owned by Samantha “Sam” Logan, Darcy’s best friend. Sam bought the kennel from the former owners when they declared bankruptcy.
Sam retired from the CIA and is now a giant schnauzer breeder. She bought her first giant, my dad, in Berlin before returning to the US. My father is Werner’s Stalker, and my mother is Titan’s Toro. My father excelled at Schutzhund and my mother agility, and both did well in the show ring. My mom is docked and cropped, but my dad has natural ears and a magnificent black tail.
I’m the second kid in a family of five: three boys and two girls in precisely that order. I have no idea where my sibs are today, but I went to New Mexico to live with a young man named Paco. The two of us were inseparable, until he was killed and Darcy rescued me.
The first few months in my new home were tough—new surroundings, new pack, new everything. I missed Paco more than I ever imagined, but Darcy spent a lot of time with me. We ran every morning, swam in the ocean, romped at the Marina Green, and recently began nose work training together. As the months passed, the bond between us has grown deep, and slowly the pain of losing Paco has become tolerable. Today, life with Darcy is good.
You are in for some great adventures, so I hope you will enjoy reading about us.