|First Book Appearance||Lady of the Shades|
After Ed Sievking has left the army, he bumped into Phell who had been looking for him. Phell offered Ed the chance to become a hitman for him, which Ed refused. A few years later, after Ed thought his wife, Belinda Darnier, was dying of cancer, Ed took Phell up on the offer to earn money to pay for the treatment. After Ed accidentally killed a young girl, the daughter of one of his targets, Ed told Phell that he couldn't carry on and quit with no bad blood between the two of them.