Nightwoods: A Novel - Part I, Chapters 4 through 6 Summary & Analysis

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Part I, Chapters 4 through 6 Summary

In chapter four, Johnny Johnson, otherwise known as Bud, winds up with an excellent attorney who realizes he'll be able to get the house owned by Lily and Bud as payment for his fee. The attorney makes Lily out to be a villain with loose morals and the inexperienced prosecutor can't withstand the maneuverings. The jury can't come to agreement on a guilty verdict and Bud walks away a free man though his attorney warns that if new witnesses or evidence comes to light, he could be tried again. Bud's thoughts turn immediately to the money and the twins, the only possible witnesses. He decides he needs to kill the twins and believes their new caretaker, Lily's sister, will have the money.

Bud buys a gun at a pawn shop and sets out. He robs several stores...

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