James McGill is a private investigator.
To say that he is a unique private eye would be an understatement for not only is he the first and only man with his particular setup, there is unlikely to ever be another. James McGill has the nickname of the President's Henchman because he is the husband of the American President.
The name is autobiographical as he chose it and used it himself a time or two before it was caught up by the press and soon became well known. The term itself is interesting in that according to Merriam-Webster, the definition is "a trusted follower or supporter who performs unpleasant, wrong, or illegal tasks for a powerful person (such as a politician or criminal)". McGill assuredly loves and trusts his wife and followed her to the White House and supports her in all things. And without a doubt the President is a powerful person and a politician so that part fits perfectly. It is the type of tasks mentioned as being done by the position that requires clarification as McGill is not at all above doing unpleasant things on her behalf and illegal is a gray area he constantly seems to face. Wrong, though, is never in issue. McGill is an honorable man.
For twenty years, McGill had been a policeman and a detective with the Chicago police department, retiring after two decades of decorated service and remembered there as one of their finest. Then he moved just a tad south to a nearby county where he became the sheriff. Five years later, a case would totally change his life.
Andrew Grant was one of the countries richest men and a philanthropist. He was also married to the beautiful and highly intelligent Patti Grant who had moved from a successful modeling career to an even more successful one in the movies and then, with her new husband's support, a successful run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Life was as ideal as it could get. Then the Right to Choose vs Right to Life debate pushed the Grants into its middle when a bill came up in Congress and a firebrand preacher demanded under penalty of death that Grant choose the "correct" path in a vote and when she went the other way, a group led by the minister's wife made good on that threat and fired an RPG into their lakeside mansion and Andrew Grant was killed. The sheriff of the country was McGill and he swore to find and apprehend those responsible. He, too, made good on that promise.
In the months that followed, McGill saw a fair amount of the widow and eventually they fell in love themselves. After a time they became an item and soon a married couple and then Patricia Grant McGill decided that she would seek higher office and a run for the White House was met with the same success that her previous careers had enjoyed. McGill was in full agreement with her actions and when she moved into the Executive Mansion, so did he.
That, of course, meant the end to his being sheriff and an end to his life in law enforcement. They joked about his being made head of the FBI but it was never more than that. Still, McGill had never been without a challenge and being the first male spouse of the sitting President was without, obviously, precedence. Should he find pet projects to support as had many First Ladies before him? He considered it but then chose a different path.
He does not have his office in the White House - that would be politically unwise. He does, however, get involved in lots of things happening in the fine abode and many of them muddle into his cases or vice versa. Having the ear of a woman in charge of powerful organizations is not a bad thing. And for the President, having the aid of a man who has faced more than his share of bad guys and won is a definite plus.
McGill has three growing children from a previous marriage. They play a huge role in his life. He has a female partner and great friend who is also his advisor and conscience and sounding board and that is very important plus. He has a lot of good friends and appreciative clients that he can ask for help and does. He also has more than his share of detractors because he refuses to play the Washington game and guys who get too insulting with his wife tend to get a taste of what he calls Dark Alley martial arts. (If you need an explanation of that term, imagine you are in a dark alley and in trouble. To survive, you need to be able to use anything and everything as a weapon. James McGill is an expert at it.)