He is a dedicated policeman who can’t imagine ever doing anything else. He is in his mid thirties, tall, blond, straight laced, and meticulous in his approach to work. Greco is the first to admit that he is ‘faulty’. He has mild OCD and is not a people person. He finds making friends difficult. He doesn’t mix with the team out of the office and finds conversations about anything other than the current case difficult.
He is based in Oldston, an industrial town in the north of England, but this isn’t where he’s from. He has moved from East Anglia. He moved after his divorce. He followed his ex-wife north so that he could be near to his five year old daughter, Matilda. Life in Oldston is very different from what he has been used to. He finds Oldston raw; he doesn’t like the poverty prevalent in the town.
DS Jed Quickenden
He is known as Speedy to his mates. Quickenden is disillusioned with his job. He was born and bred in Oldston, everyone he knows lives there. Most of his old mates from school are wasters who have turned to gambling or crime to make ends meet. He knows this and turns a blind eye. He drinks with them in a dive of a pub – the ‘Spinners’. Speedy is very tall and thin, he towers over most of his colleagues. He has mid length curly hair and is frequently untidy in appearance.
DC Grace Harper
She likes to know the gossip. She is ambitious and wishes she could give all to her job and get promotion. But she has small child – Holly, and she’s a single parent. Her partner did a runner while Grace was pregnant and has nothing to do with Holly. She took time of work then went back leaving Holly in nursery or with her mother. Grace feels guilty. She wishes she could do more with the child. She is torn between the job and her daughter. Given the chance she could be a good detective. She is bright and intuitive. People tend to like her.
Grace Harper is in her early twenties. She is slim – a figure that is straight up and down – boyish, with long blonde hair that she tends to wear back in ponytail. She is pretty but the trials and tribulations of life have hardened her features. She looks like the sort of woman who’d stand no nonsense. She doesn’t eat much and Greco deduces that is why she is so thin. She was fat as a girl and was bullied at school.
She does have plans. Once Holly is older she wants to be a sergeant. She is resentful that it seems all so easy for someone like Speedy who just wastes all the chances he gets.
DC Craig Merrick
Early promise was compromised by Craig falling foul of a local gang member. He was accused of taking a bribe, although nothing was proved it has hampered his career. He idolises Quickenden – definitely the wrong choice. He drinks with him in the ‘Spinners’ pub. Craig is young, takes care over his appearance and is more fashionable than either Greco or Quickenden.
Known as ‘George’ to the team. She works as the information officer for the station. She is good at the job and gets results because she is a plodder and takes it seriously. She is very much in Grace’s shadow. Grace is the pretty one, the one the men notice – they pay little attention to George. She is short, overweight and has short, dark hair worn in a style that does her no favours. She is in her late twenties and lives alone.
DCI – Colin Green
DCI Green was in his fifties and looked it. What was left of his hair was greying and cut very short. He wasn’t overweight but he does have the beginnings of a paunch. The DCI himself puts that down to too much beer. He often looks harassed – his face mirroring the responsibility of the job. It looks ‘lived in’.
Superintendent Mark Wilkes
He has charge of the station at Oldston. He is mid fifties, slim and generally keeps out of the way unless something really important demands his attention.
Stephen Greco’s ex-wife. She has retired parents living in Cromer. Her father has had a heart attack and being an only child has to go help her mother look after him. This means leaving their daughter, Matilda, with Greco. She regrets the divorce and admits as much. She wants to try again. She is blonde, attractive and appears to be a person who copes. However Greco comes to realise that this is far from the truth.