Detective Florence (Book One)

Male Protagonist Character Profile…

Detective George Florence is the male protagonist for my novel Detective Florence. This is his character profile for the first installment of the series.

Detective Florence is a 30-year-old man holding a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He started off working at the police department from the bottom of the pile and worked his way up to becoming a detective. It was a few years after him tirelessly working case after case that he was laid off from the precinct due to budget cuts from the economy. Now he is running his own freelance private detective agency.

George has a large family consisting of six siblings, a mother, and a father. Each one of his siblings, except one, is in the criminal justice field. He maintains a good relationship with his siblings, although he may not always keep in touch with them. It’s currently unknown about what his parents do for a living or what their personalities are like.

When George worked at the police department, his partner was the late Detective Joseph Williams. Detective Williams trained George in becoming a detective and because the two of them worked so well together, they became partners. Years after Detective Williams passed away, George made an unexpected ally with his daughter, Lilah Williams.

Lilah Williams, a college student majoring in English, becomes George’s new partner at his freelance detective agency. Even though she has no criminal justice background, her writing is great advertisement for the agency and she gives George his first case. She’s great at taking notes while interrogating suspects and has a great mind for figuring out puzzles. Yet, George still sees her as a bit of a nuisance and an annoying “little sister.”

Now that George is running his own detective business, a few of the officers on the police force begin to dislike him. One of them being his former partner who did not get laid off, Detective Xavier Barron. Not only are George and Detective Barron not friends anymore, but they are now rivals. Detective Barron seems to feel threatened by George and uses each case as a new competition to be better than George.

In his first novel, George finds himself starting off small with a simple robbery case in which turns to a murder. Soon he wonders if he got in way over his head, but with the help from his ally and the pressure from his rival, he is in a race to solve the case before the police department does.

In other news, George does not understand how to work modern technology such as computers and cell phones. He also despises caffeinated beverages such as coffee.

6 thoughts on “Detective Florence (Book One)

  1. Oh, I love that twist that he hates caffeinated drinks. 🙂 Any other story the detectives and cops always drink coffee. It’d be cool to see how this would change the story. 🙂

    • It’s another way to bring humor into the novel. Lilah, his ally, is a coffee-addict. They clash in many different ways, yet still manage to get along just fine.

  2. Sounds like you’ve developed a great character! It’s interesting how you’ve created the relationship between Detective Florence and Lilah. They work well together but he sees her as a nuisance. That makes for some tension and I like that.

    Detective Florence is a protagonist I’d love to read about 🙂

    • Thank you. 🙂

      I do best writing humor and a lot of my characters have a goofy side to them or have some sort of odd quirk that makes them laughable. The novel is a murder mystery and you know that’s not a very “happy” topic. I wanted to lighten the mood a bit for my readers.

  3. He sounds like a great character, and I imagine his poor grasp of technology would create a lot of comedy!

    As an aside, I read the description thinking he’s the polar opposite of my detective on pretty much everything, including gender, which I found kinda spooky.

    • Thank you!

      Yeah, I wanted to have some laughable moments in the novel to hold the interest of my readers in addition to the suspense of the murder mystery.

      That is spooky–but at least we know we’re not writing very similar books! 🙂

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