Frank Hollett was born and raised on the mainland, but moved to Guernsey and brought his construction firm with him several years before the start of book 2, Blowfish. He bought a house in the development at Fort George.
He didn’t tell anyone at home where he had settled, but when he discovered where he was living, his brother, Alton Hollett came to the island in an effort to encourage him to come back home again, at least temporarily.
Several years ago, he was attacked in St Peter Port by Daniel Le Moal, and left with permanent scarring to his face, which significantly changed his appearance. Mahy observes the injuries while standing next to him at the Clarence Battery:
He dropped the glasses, and the leather strap caught them on his neck. Now that they were away from his eyes, his hands away from his face, the sun caught his scars as it broke through the clouds, and lit the smooth, silvery lines, like snail trails either side of his nose. It threw tiny shadows into the pores – stretched to ovals on each of his cheeks where the surgeons had pulled the skin tight to make up for what he had lost. It made him squint even though the skin by his eyes was thin and looked stretched at the edges.
Later in the book, when Ollie Carey is meeting with his wife, Verity Hollett, he pictures Frank thus:
His skin was stretched and scarred, what remained of his hair was clipped short to distract from the fact that he was balding, he had gnarled hands with fat knuckles from years spent working outdoors.