The Mars Room - Chapters 12 - 14 Summary & Analysis

Rachel Kushner
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Chapter 12 follows Doc, the corrupt police officer Betty LaFrance named as her co-conspirator in murdering her husband. Doc, alone in a cell he normally shares, attempted to masturbate, while simultaneously recalling certain instances of his illegal transgressions while serving as a detective in the L.A.P.D. He referred to such activity as “capering,” even though, the reader learns, this behavior included murder, theft and drug abuse (131). Doc was isolated in the “Sensitive Needs” block in New Folsom prison, which, Doc explained, was a special unit designed for particular kinds of prisoners who are targets of abuse in general prison populations, including child rapists, transgendered prisoners, and police informants. Doc kept his cell extremely clean. He recalled trying to put a hit on Betty LaFrance, who got him busted and sent to Folsom, and their early infatuation. He himself had received a...

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