Dakota is a former Special Agent with the FBI. During his 11 years with the Bureau, Dakota participated in the solving of several high-profile cases, including the notorious Hagerstown kidnapping, for which he was nominated for a Service to America Medal.
In his work as a field agent, he investigated a broad range of Federal crimes including bank robberies, serial killings, computer fraud, missing persons and espionage. Dakota originally served as a technician in the FBI Lab, where he specialized in blood spatter analysis.
In addition to his abilities as an investigator, Dakota is a skilled outdoorsman, pool player and tennis player. Originally from the coast of Maine, he now splits his time between Manhattan and Upstate New York.
Svetlana is a semi-retired International Grandmaster under the World Chess Federation (FIDE). At her height in the mid-1990s, among women she was ranked #1 in the United States and #2 in the world.
Svetlana is most famous in the world chess community for being one of the first women to cross gender lines and challenge male world champions, including Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.
Born into Soviet-controlled Ukraine, Svetlana defected to the U.S. during a chess tournament. She holds a degree in computer science from NYU and has studied at several European universities including the University of London, the American University of Paris, and the highly prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Svetlana’s multilingual abilities enable the firm to take on cases of international import; she is fluent in seven languages: Ukrainian, Russian, French, Spanish, Italian, German and English.