Clarissa Abbot is an agent for the CIA.
She is not a very willing agent, pressed into service via an interesting set of events, but she is nevertheless an agent and a darn good one when she is not having to watch her six from her own people.
Her years growing up was fairly standard, although with just her father to raise her. He was a career military officer, member of the elite Special Forces, who took her with him around the globe and as a military brat, she learned a lot about a lot from a variety of sources. The best source for instructions as to how to stay alive came from first her father and even more from his best soldier, Jack Noble, who took pleasure in showing her defensive moves and then some not-so-defensive actions. Still, except for survival training, life was normal.
That changed drastically when she moved to New York City right out of high school. She wanted independence and got it, albeit with financial help from her father. Then he died violently, murdered to keep from finding the truth about a nasty operation his commanding general was up to. It was Jack Noble who brought the news to her and it might have been Noble who would keep her from spiraling downward but he was out for revenge, not babysitting.
The money from her father's insurance could have paid her way through college. It could have paid, as she thought initially, for a long time in Europe getting her head together. Neither activity happened. Instead, she spent the next year or two more and more listless. How she eventually became an exotic dancer is not known but she did. Then Noble came to her apartment door looking for temporary refuge and her life changed even more.
Abbot is a knockout. There is no doubting that. She can use that beauty and her charms to seduce the hardest bad guy and she is willing to do what is necessary to get close to those she has to take down. She is fairly tall at 5'10" and is extremely athletic. She had gorgeous red hair and green eyes that sparkle when she is happy and seem to shimmer when she is angry. Getting her angry is never a good thing to do.