|Plot Summary of The Getaway Man|
Vintage, Feb 2003, 11.00, 188 pp.
As a youngster Eddie finds cars quite fascinating. He teaches himself how to drive by stealing cars, which leads to time in youth detention facilities where he begins to understand the workings of society, at least his segment that is. Grand theft auto sounds like music to Eddie's ears as opposed to kiddy joyrides.
Eddie begins stealing cars for Mr. Clanton, which leads to his becoming the GETAWAY MAN for two brothers, Virgil and Tim. A bank robbery goes bad when a vice president tries to be a hero. Virgil and the Veep are dead with Tim and Eddie in jail. Tim testifies taking the heat because Eddie stayed though fleeing would have been easy and smart. Eddie receives a reduced sentence. In prison, Eddie meets big shot J.C. Upon their mutual releases, Eddie begins driving for J.C. However, his boss' girlfriend looks great and wants Eddie to help her when J.C. goes for the big score.
THE GETAWAY MAN is an exciting insightful autobiographical crime fiction that will open the eyes of readers to how a young felon thinks. The story line is a first person character study that enables the audience to comprehend Eddie's world as he sees it. The “hard on crime when the vote counts” politicians and the social do-gooders whom neither stop to understand the specimen they place so eloquently under the microscope should read this discerning tale. Andrew Vachss is at his noir best with this homage to the pulp fiction of the 1930s while jabbing the elite of the right and the left.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Getaway Man|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 10%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- present (2000-2010)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- Get treasure/money from another criminal
- on the run from the law
- committing armed robbery
Mostly a criminal POV story
- thief/con artist
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- an organization
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How many deaths?
- 0 (not a murder mystery)
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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