Ivan Bulgakov is the longtime head of the most powerful Gamote Point crime family. With his thick gravel-voiced Russian accent and jovial demeanor, he comes across as kind and grandfatherly. But his pleasant disposition hides a ruthless, deadly interior that has helped him oversee the criminal underworld for decades. His role in the underworld is well known, but he has a network of spies and bribed officials who have kept him protected. His grandson, Peter Bulgakov, fully Americanized, has begun to dip his toe into the family business, to his grandfather’s discomfort. Years ago, Ivan had an intense affair with Lorna Roupp, who was trapped in a loveless marriage to Milton. He still carries intensely warm feelings for Lorna.