Dick Swetnam is a resident of Orlando, Florida, and the father of Tabitha Swetnam by Marjorie Sterns, the ex-wife of Knob Bleeker who died of an aneurysm when Tabitha was nearly two. He is partner in the law firm, Swetnam & Howe. He is Perry Lalone's only friend. His most salient characteristic is his unrepentant, anti-social misanthropic behavior. His favorite word is "schadenfreude."