Nick Bracco is an agent with the FBI.
He has been an agent in very good standing for over a decade, first in the more traditional law enforcement section and later in the anti-terrorism branch. During that time he has earned several times over a reputation for a man who gets the job done, fairly and as cleanly as possible. Prior to that service, he had worked for a time in the rough streets of Baltimore as a cop.
For most of the ten years as a Federal agent, Bracco has been partnered with a former FBI sniper, Matt McColm, a man who saved the young agent's life when they first met and became best friends with him. In the years since, the favor has been returned and reearned numerous times. They have been through so much together that they can often finish each other's sentences and the repartee can be amusing.
Now in his very late 30's or early 40's, Bracco knows that his days of field work, especially the demanding and dangerous job of fighting terrorism, has to be nearing their end. He is reminded of that by his beautiful and resourceful wife, Julia, a woman who is listening to her biological clock and wanting her husband to be a man she is reasonably confident will come home alive each night.
One aspect of Bracco's life, and the item that makes the series particularly interesting, is Bracco's lineage. While it is not clear if his father was part of the Mob, it is certain that other members of the family were. Most important of these is Bracco's close cousin and friend, Tommy. The two, plus a neighborhood pal nicknamed Silk, were inseparable during their teens and the bond remains. While Tommy remained in the "business" and became someone not to be trifled with or ignored, Nick went the other direction. Thus far their paths have not crossed officially and, though they have drifted apart some, the affection and respect remains.
Tommy plays a vital role in the adventures chronicled in the books. Though never a partner like Matt, he comes to the aid of his cousin on several occasions and even brings along the occasional companion to help more. While Nick Bracco is usually a by-the-book, read-'em'-their-rights officer of the law, Tommy Bracco is not so restricted. When he is with Nick, Tommy makes sure he does not cross the line. Away from his FBI cousin, the line is never considered.
Note: this series is currently available only in e-book format.