DAVID KLEIN, about thirty, wears glasses, a careless dresser, with a look of distraction, of a mind occupied elsewhere. Strong-willed, unyielding and self-righteous, but can be emotionally vulnerable at times.
RACHEL KLEIN, his wife, late twenties, very attractive but isn't concerned about it. Friendly and practical, optimistic but easily wounded, has an intense and passionate loyalty to her husband.
RABBI ARTHUR SCHAEFER, early sixties, a stylish and expensive dresser. Distinguished, sophisticated, intellectual, a bit pompous and generally pleased with himself, but has a self-deprecating wit.
EZRA BEN-AMI, the Israeli ambassador, forties, wears poorly-fitted, inexpensive suits. Blunt, powerful-lloking, a soldier, dour by nature, but can be warm, if guarded. Always working to control more explosive feelings.
HELEN KLEIN, David's mother, late fifties, aging but attractive in a stiff, reserved way. Wears dark, conservative clothes and never a hair out of place. Distrustful, tightly wrapped, feels cheated by kufe and profoundly resents it.
FRANK FITZGERALD, a congressman, fifties, casual, with an appealing, shaggy style. Cheerful and outgoing, with an Irish politician's heartiness and finely-honed instinct for self-preservation.
WINGATE WHITNEY, deputy attorney general, late thirties, wears expensive but unstylish clothes. Arrogant but edgy, undamaged by life and afraid to be found out.
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