The central character and erstwhile detective in the novel..
Koko and YumYum
Two Siamese cats that are Qwilleran's allies in crime solving. They are named after a pair of characters in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta, The Mikado.
He is found dead before the narrative begins. His life and death are the prime motivators of the plot that explores the tension between truth and illusion.
The book's second murder victim, who is killed in retaliation for his attempts to blackmail the murderer.
A chatty, comfortable, and flirtatious woman who immediately takes interest in Qwilleran and starts treating him with an attention that is at times romantic and at times motherly.
The first of Junktown's many antique dealers encountered by Qwilleran in his investigation of Andrew Glanz's murder.
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