Someone pointed out to me that my book has 30 characters and that could be a problem. If it were War and Piece, that's one thing; but my novel will probably be about 300 pages. Of course, many of these characters are cops, assorted thugs, etc.
I've excised one character but can't see how I can get rid of more. Any ideas about this?
There are exceptions: Cormac McCarthy's Suttree has a zillion characters but he somehow gets it to work.