1. At the opening of the novel, why is Lamar Pye in prison?
Lamar Pye is in prison serving a life sentence. He has been in prison for many years for the murder of a rival gang leader. His victim was a man thought to be associated with organized crime.
2. At the opening of the novel, why is Richard Peed in prison?
Richard Peed is in prison for killing his mother. According to police reports, he stabbed his mother in the eyes. At the opening of the novel, Richard Peed is only weeks away from being moved to a minimum security prison to finish out his sentence.
3. What type of relationship does Lamar have with Richard at the opening of the novel?
At the opening of the novel, Lamar has recently befriended Richard after hearing that he is an artist. Richard draws pictures for Lamar, typically depicting a lion, and in exchange, Lamar offers protection to Richard who is considerably smaller than most men in the prison.
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