Albert Mark Thornton is a 26-year-old junior manager whose life is dominated by solving the murder of his friend, Penelope Campbell. Penelope was drowned in 2010 and the killer was never brought to justice.
He is American. He finished school and then left academia. He is allergic to sugar and walnuts.
Physically, Albert is slightly overweight but otherwise in good shape. He is average-height with dark chocolate skin, black hair and green eyes. He has a monobrow.
He grew up in a middle class neighbourhood. His father left when he was young, leaving him with his mother, who was an addict.
He is currently in a relationship with Alfie Jesse Bartlett. Alfie is the same age as him and works as a novelist.
Albert's best friend is a junior manager called Ebony Walsh. They have a very firey friendship. He also hangs around with a junior manager called Emmie Andrews. They enjoy hockey together.