Sam Marsh would argue with you if you called him a hero, but he is in his own unique way. He’s not big and beefy like some of the men at Veritas (in particular the vets Brannon Hardegree (Army Ranger), Neil MacFayden (Navy SEAL) and Matthew Kingston (U.S. Coast Guard). All of these guys are seriously muscled and seriously badass. Though Sam has muscles of his own, his serious badass lies in a different area altogether.
A lover of jazz and excellent food, Sam was born and raised in Chicago. A bright kid, he graduated from high school at seventeen, went to college at UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) on a full scholarship, majoring in economics. Upon graduation, he realized that while numbers were his thing, he wanted a bit more excitement as he dug through those spreadsheets. Someone suggested the FBI, so he set his sights on being hired to work in their forensic accounting division.
But in typical Sam fashion, he just didn’t apply immediately. Instead, he wanted law enforcement experience so he joined the Chicago Police Department (CPD). To his surprise, he found he loved being a cop and quickly moved into the homicide division as a detective. Because of his methodical approach, his case clearance rate was higher than most, though Sam took a lot of good-natured ribbing from his fellow detectives about his methods.
Sam would have probably remained with the CPD if not for the death of his partner. He, himself, was gravely wounded, and that shooting caused him to re-evaluate his life. Stricken with guilt, though he wasn’t at fault for his partner’s loss, Sam handed in his badge. Once he'd regained his health, he obtained his PI license, taking the odd case now and then. After accepting some freelance work with Veritas—he was recommended to them by one of his fellow cops—Sam’s expertise at building background dossiers was noticed and he went fulltime with them in May 2015. You may remember he played a small role in CAT’S PAW.
To celebrate his new job, Sam decided to take a two-week vacation. As fate would have it, his holiday in Atlanta veered into dangerous territory when he witnessed a murder (BROKEN DREAMS). Unable to back off and allow the local cops to handle the case, he began his own investigation. To his surprise, he ended up with a partner on this case, none other than FBI Agent Susan Driscoll (KILLING GAME). I’ll be posting Susan’s dossier later this week.
So for all the razzing Sam takes for not being one of the big guys at Veritas, his quiet, precise approach often makes the difference between a successful mission or an operative coming home in a body bag. Which is why Brannon, Neil, Matt and the others know that if Sam is doing the mission pre-op, they've got the very best man in their corner.