Nick Corey—sheriff of Potts County; the book’s narrator and murderous main character.
Myra Corey—Nick’s shrewish wife.
Ken Lacey—Nick’s friend and the sheriff of a nearby county.
Buck—Ken Lacey’s deputy.
Lennie—Myra’s mentally challenged brother.
Amy Mason—Nick’s former girlfriend.
Rose Hauck—Myra’s best friend, and Nick’s lover.
Tom Hauck—Rose’s abusive husband.
Uncle John—an older black man beaten by Tom Hauck on the street.
J. S. Dinwiddie—the president of the bank in Pottsville.
Cameron “Curly” Trammell—one of the pimps that Nick kills.
Moose—the other pimp that Nick kills.
Robert Lee Jefferson—the county attorney and hardware store owner in Pottsville.
Sam Gaddis—a good man who runs against Nick for sheriff.
Henry Clay Fanning—the farmer who wants a reward for finding Tom’s body.
Zeke Carlton—the owner of the town cotton gin.
Stonewall Jackson Smith—the school superintendent.
Samuel Houston Taylor—a local business owner.
George Barnes—a detective with the Talkington Detective Agency.