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Charles Brighton: Reclusive novelist turned High School English teacher who haunts Walker Hanlon’s dreams. Known as “The Colonel,” possibly in reference to the well-tailored white suits he allegedly wears.

Mateo Cruz: Owner of Cobalt Auto Recovery in East Oakland. Resembles a Latino version of Tony Randall, but a lot tougher.

Mr. Darlington: A particularly menacing bill collector who once preyed on the Hardwick family and continues to torment Frankie Hardwick’s psyche.

Lance Darwin: Editor-in-chief of The Independent, a profit-challenged alternative newsweekly in Oakland. Favorite expression: “I’m jazzed!”

Mr. Fennis Dembo: Former NBA player for the Detroit Pistons. Hardwick family icon.

Harper Dukes: Former Marine and new-age arts writer for The Independent. Also builder of wildly popular artisanal bird houses.

Bridgett Finn: Debra Harry-esque wife of Walker Hanlon. Linguist and fundraiser for the awkwardly named Center for the Book at St. Millicent’s College in the Oakland hills.

Dominic Faccione: Academic and author of numerous embarrassing but insanely popular self-help memoirs and Victorian mysteries that have made him very wealthy. Director of the Center for the Book at St. Millicent’s College. Resembles Jason Robards with a nice tan.

Frankie Hardwick: Self-absorbed, Detroit-born cub reporter at The Independent. Devoted Smiths fan. Relatively clueless. Very lonely.

Walker Hanlon: Southern-born associate editor at The Independent. Married to Bridgette Finn. Dazzling writer. Wears eyeblack at recreational softball games. Resembles Jeff Daniels mixed with John Denver. Majority of wardrobe purchased via the L.L. Bean catalog.

Grandy Hardwick: Frankie Hardwick’s mother. Resided in Detroit.

Mark Hardwick: Frankie Hardwick’s younger brother. Resides in Detroit.

Terrence Hardwick: Frankie Hardwick’s younger brother. Resides in Detroit.

Paige Jacobowski: Well-dressed, over-qualified reporter at The Independent and teller of ribald tales. On the rebound.

Clay MacIntyre: UC-Berkeley dropout and repo man for Cobalt Auto Recovery in East Oakland. Originally from Oroville, California, he fancies himself a backwoods philosopher.

Bo Montgomery: Owner and sensei of the Bo-Dacious Karate Academy in Rockridge.

Ben Sherlock: Co-owner of Sherlock’s Book Mine in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tom “Holmes” Shelton: Co-owner of Sherlock’s Book Mine in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

John Sherill Starr: Super rich venture capitalist and chief benefactor of the Center for the Book at St. Millicent’s College. Learned to read in his forties.

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