Spenser - This character is a private investigator who works out of Boston and is hired as a bodyguard.
Candy Sloan - This person is a television reporter in Los Angeles who investigates corruption in the movie industry.
Mickey Rafferty - This character works as a stunt double and is killed after witnessing a bribe.
Sam Felton - This movie producer works for Summit Pictures and pays a bribe to a mobster.
Roger Hammond - The head of Summit Pictures, this person goes to the mob after misspending studio funds.
Peter Brewster - This character is the president of Oceania Properties and kills another character in an oil field.
Rollie Simms - This person is the chief of security at Oceania Properties and shoots two other characters.
Detective Samuelson - This character is a homicide detective assigned to solve the first two murders in the novel.
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