Dusty Dexter’s a private investigator . She’s not really, but as far as she’s concerned that’s a technicality. Dusty reckons the course work’s boring, what’s important is on-the-job experience, and she’s got the runs on the board - on her first case she cracked an international drug smuggling ring wide open.
What Dusty really wants is action and adventure, and what better way to liven things up than by tracking down bad guys, travelling to exotic locations and meeting dangerous men.
She’s a big picture person who takes risks to get the job done and she’s not afraid to show initiative, or break a few rules - hey, she doesn’t even know the rules.
Red, her boss, doesn’t understand. Instead of encouraging her to be pro-active, she’s always complaining, or worse, grounding her like a teenager.
And Hank, the hunky Senior Sergeant she accidentally zapped with a taser, doesn’t always keep her in the loop. If he did, she wouldn’t have accidentally uncovered the undercover drug operation.
Dusty gets some help from her best friend, Janet. But Janet’s a backroom person, Dusty’s the one who gets things done. Not that Janet sees it that way, and she’s sick of not getting the credit, or worse ending up on the wrong end of one of Dusty’s crazy schemes.
Red says Dusty can’t have another case until she’s finished the certificate, and that’s not happening anytime soon, but Dusty's out to prove herself, no matter what it takes...
Janet’s a journalist, always on the lookout for a front page story, but she spends most of her time interviewing ladies from the local arts and craft groups, or rewriting press releases. She’s waiting for her opportunity, a story she can get her teeth into.
Janet’s also a triathlete with an exercise regime and a special diet programmed into her iPhone. She’s always training, always hoping for a personal best.
Janet finds herself caught up in Dusty’s adventures, which is ok, until things go wrong, and sooner or later, they go wrong. Then it’s always Janet who comes out the worst for wear, while Dusty accepts the accolades, or that's how she sees it.
Red should still be a cop, would be if it wasn’t for the incident. She still acts like a cop, sleeps with the police radio beside her bed. Red's usually first at the scene, waits around the corner for the cops to arrive, so as not to show them up, or maybe so they don’t know how much she misses it. She’s still tight with the cops, especially Stern.
As for the incident, no one knows for sure. Let’s say something went missing, something big, and Red was on duty.
After she left the force she set up Red Hot Security, it’s the biggest security company around.
For Red there’s the law and that’s it. It’s right or wrong, and if you’re in the wrong, you better be prepared to take the consequences.
She’s tough, except when it comes to Maria.
There's no way she's going to give her a gun.
Senior Sergeant Stern, "call me Hank"
Senior Sergeant Stern and Red are close, some people say it’s because of the incident. When the dust settled Red left the force, Stern moved to Homicide.
He’s also a man, and in his eyes Dusty Dexter is all woman. He’s keen to set up a relationship, a real one, even though the woman doesn't seem to want one. Dusty’s tough, not only that, she refuses to follow orders, and she attracts trouble. The worst part is everyone around her becomes part of it, and that’s not good for a man’s career.
Dodgy developers, crooked councillors, drug dealers...and sharks.
It’s not just the bad guys behind the pretty facades of the glass towers on the esplanade that have Dusty in their sights.
Beneath that sparkling ocean man-eaters lurk.
Evan might want to remove the shark nets, but he’s a greenie marine scientist, and the nets aren’t a force-field, the sharks get around them anyway.
So why would Dusty and Janet tempt fate to swim with sharks?
You'll have to read Her First Case to find out.
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