is the male protagonist in Duty Before Pleasure. He is a former history teacher, now a special – trained member of an elite group of federal agents whose mission is to search for and rescue missing children. He is assigned to the south central region covering the states Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His position is not on the front lines, but as a special consultant who is called upon once the investigation is narrowed down to the likely suspect. His specific role is undercover interrogation, where he seeks to retreive as much information from the suspect as possible.
He is paired with the other protagonist of the story, Danita Poydras, an awkward young doctor with the right degree of spirit for a position on the team. He pleads with the academy not to replace her, and works diligently until she fits the grade. The two become partners and spend most of their time together while working on their missions. When their missions are completed or on hiatus, he returns to doing substitute teaching where he always finds an opportunity to throw in a history lesson.
When the story opens he is engaged to his live-in fiance, Cynda with whom he also shares two young sons. He has been away from them much of the past 18 months while in-training. He becomes extremely adept with disarmament, martial arts, and the art of interrogation.
Gary is so devoted to solving missing children cases he has the ability to pull out of his life and center his focus on accomplishing his mission. Unfortunately, what he doesn’t realize is that his own young family-in-waiting is falling apart during his absence.