When 12-year-old P.K. “Pinky” Pinkerton arrives in Virginia City – homeless, penniless and hunted – things don’t look good. But armed with a Smith & Wesson seven-shooter and a knack for disguises, P.K. takes on desperados, dancing girls and gamblers.
Pinky’s dream is to work for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in Chicago. But there is so much crime in Virginia City that soon the town has its first detective: P.K. Pinkerton, Private Eye.
“Whittlin Walt” Darmitage is greedy, ruthless and sadistic. He likes to whittle bits off his victims and he also likes to quote the poet Walt Whitman, hence the nickname. Turns out he only knows a line from one poem:”I will show that nothing can happen more beautiful than death.” On the Comstock you’ve got to watch out for desperados like Walt and his two pards: Dubois “Extra Dub” Donahue and Boswell “Boz” Burton.
Belle Donne – the West can be a dangerous place for a gal. Out on the Comstock there are about a dozen men for every woman. Maybe more. That’s why hurdy girls like Belle get rich so quick. They can charge as much as they like for a dance. But a year from now she might be dead of too much dope or of despair or of having her throat cut like poor Short Sally. They say one of Sally’s gentlemen callers cut her throat from jealousy. That’s probably why Belle packs a .45 caliber derringer.
Poker Face Jace – Jason Francis Montgomery is a gambler who mines the pockets of the men who live off the mines. An expert in body-language & facial expression, he has learned to hide his own emotions. He loves a good Havana cigar but if you watch closely you’ll see he hardly touches his drink at all. That’s because – like everyone else on the Comstock – he needs his wits about him.