Jim Qwilleran - 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.
Andrew Glanz - 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.
C.C. Cobb - The book's second murder victim, who is killed in retaliation for his attempts to blackmail the murderer.
Iris Cobb - 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.
Mary Duckworth/Duxbury - The first of Junktown's many antique dealers encountered by Qwilleran in his investigation of Andrew Glanz's murder.
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