Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe Johnny Messina in Chapter One.
Johnny has wiry black and gray hair dripping with sweat. He face is like old paper. He is wearing black pants, white shirt, white socks, and black Air Force shoes. His yellow fingers hold a Camel cigarette.
2. Why does Johnny, a criminal, want to give Dave, a cop, information? What information does he give him?
According to Johnny, Dave always treated him decently. Johnny also hopes that doing a good deed will help him after death. Johnny says that a guy told him that Dave would get "whacked" if he did not keep his nose out of other people's business.
3. Describe Cletus Purcel.
According to Dave, Cletus' face looks like it is made from boiled pigskin with scars from stitches around his nose and one eyebrow. He is a large man with sandy hair and green eyes.
4. Where is Dave stationed?
Dave works for the New Orleans Police Department. His station is on Basin Street in an old building that previously functioned as a fire station, a cotton warehouse, and a place to keep slaves before auction.
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