Jake Dillon is an agent with Ferran & Cardini.
If you are like me, you would wonder who or what that is. Even after having read a couple of the adventures of Dillon, you might wonder the same thing. From the little that is actually said about these two gentlemen, referred to often as the Partners, they appear to have been one time agents with MI-5 who saw an opportunity to start their own company, hire their own people, have these people do the same sort of thing that the Partners once did for Queen and Country, only charge a whole lot more and thus make a tidy profit. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that as it is capitalism at its finest but since the British Government which seems to be their biggest customer wants results and not much detail about how they are obtained, things can and do get a bit dicey.
As stated, Dillon is one of their agents and if they were pressed to admit it, one of their very best although they routinely seem to complain that his way of doing things often ring up some serious expenses. Since it is likely that these expenses are passed on to the client, it is doubtful that it really costs the company anything but it does give them reason to carp at him. A lot.
When we first meet him, Dillon has already been an agent with F&C for just over a year and was happy with the arrangement. He was earning a large six-figure retainer and got a nice sized bonus at the end of each mission. He had already completed several assignments by the time we catch up with him and has the scars to show for it. His immediate supervisor is a friendly sort that Dillon gets on well with, named Edward Levenson-Jones (LJ for short). This LJ is a competent friendly boss who provides what Dillon needs for an assignment but who is sometimes not as forthcoming about the whole picture as Dillon might want.
Not that that would surprise or detour him. Dillon likes the action and the excitement and is darn good at survival. As the series progresses, his attitude and desires will change a tad but his skills will always be there to keep him alive.