About the Characters
Sarah Hawthorne, the protagonist of the book, is a well-respected organization development consultant at a large San Francisco corporation. She lives in the city with her husband, Dev, and a rumpled former alleycat named Oliver. At the beginning of the first book, Sarah is just beginning to do more work on the 33rd floor, where the senior executives have their offices. Sarah is curious, with a healthy dose of skepticism. She’s very self-confident about most things, but beginning to be aware of encroaching middle age. She soon finds herself in a situation where she has to call on all of her personal resources as well as those of her husband, her best friend, and a San Francisco police inspector in order to solve the murder of a senior leader.
Alison is Sarah’s best friend and confidante. She and Sarah have known one another for twenty years and she was responsible for bringing Sarah into Martech before she moved on to start her own PR firm. Alison is a tall woman with red hair (usually) and a “larger than life" persona. She’s sequentially monogamous (mostly) and never shy about expressing her opinion. She knows Sarah very well and is one of the few people whom Sarah calls on for advice. She and Sarah get together most weeks over a glass of wine or two where they discuss one another’s personal and professional lives.
John is a bright, ambitious detective inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. He’s the only son of parents who emigrated from China before he was born, about thirty-five years ago. John is well-thought of in the department, but is currently attending law school and intends to become a trial lawyer, representing the kind of people he now investigates. He and Sarah become friends, but try to keep their personal and professional relationship clearly separate.
Dev is Sarah’s second husband. He is a successful tech consultant who left corporate life many years ago and now works from home or a local coffee shop. Dev is easygoing and supportive of Sarah most of the time, but occasionally feels competitive with her focus on work. He’s suspicious of anything that seems too “woo-woo” and can be sarcastic about things that Sarah takes seriously.