Character Gender/Age Range Description
Selwyn Piper M 40+
A successful literary critic and thriller writer who
thinks very highly of himself. He is charming, witty, and
amoral. Selwyn has a plan for every eventuality and values winning
the game above all else, even when the stakes are life and death.
Christine Scott F 20+
Selwyn’s secretary: a likeable and efficient young woman
who displays unobtrusive charm. When she is framed for murder, she
appears to be frazzled and vulnerable, but things are not always what
they seem. She is later revealed to be calm, cool, and collected; the
adult in the room.
Imogen Piper F 40+
Selwyn’s estranged wife: a former actress who displays
theatrical charm and composure which often fail to conceal her
strangely mixed feelings for her husband. Like Selwyn, she has a
sharp wit, and is almost as skilled at deadly manipulation as Selwyn.
Peter Fletcher M late 20's early 30's+
Selwyn’s neighbor: an amateur detective who takes a
childlike delight in investigating a deadly crime. He displays a
light-hearted manner and appears unable to take even the most solemn
occasion seriously. During his most eccentric moments, however, he
reveals flashes of acute intelligence.
John Douglas M 40’s+
Selwyn’s publisher: a bluff, immaculately turned-out
bachelor with an easy charm which disintegrates into bewilderment under
stress. He is intellectually inferior to both Selwyn and Imogen
and often fails to appreciate the import of the deadly games they play
on each other. As a result, he becomes a pawn in their hands.