John Spencer Larivière is a freelance agent.
He was for a few years an operative with French Intelligence but personal reasons caused him to leave government employ and start up, with the help of the love of his life, Victoire, their own company. It was named Fermatown and defined as a "strategic- and criminal-analysis company". Unfortunately for Larivière, the business was currently in the red, causing him to fret more than a little. "He had agonized over not being able to measure up" and she "rarely saw him smile these days".
That was likely to change when he and his company was offered a lucrative gig paying €100k. Naturally both he and she knew that no one offered that kind of money to a company like theirs without there being some sort of danger. However, paying the bills is pretty powerful incentive and Larivière is very interested in keeping the doors of their new firm open, not just for its sake but also to not be a failure in the eyes of his beloved Victoire. He largely saw himself as that failure - ever since what had happened in Afghanistan".
Regarding Victoire - last name not mentioned - she is a beautiful woman described as his "steamy Eurasian partner". Had Larivière been able to see himself through her eyes he might not have worried so much. Her interest was fixated on having a child, more specifically "a son who would look like his father, a good-looking hunk, five feet eleven, with irresistible blue eyes and the blond mane of a movie star". She is a daughter of a Cambodian survivor of the Khmer Rouge and a French diplomat and a woman who has learned how to take care of herself, especially if she is able to bring into play her considerable skills with karate.
Also a partner in Fermatown and playing a major role with his considerable skills at the computer is Luc - again no last name to be seen. For reasons no one seems to know, Luc's former boss in French Intelligence routinely called him "Little Luc" even though he stood 6'2". Luc and Larivière immediately hit it off when first meeting and the inclusion of him in the company was fortuitous to both; Larivière got the use of a tech genius and Luc got a place to go after deciding his "bisexuality and unconventional ideas" was not a great fit inside the structured government intelligence agency they had both worked for.