“The death part you do alone, but I could of helped with the dying” –Jimmy.
This is a story about friendship, betrayal, and murder. The setting for the story is Boston, Massachusetts. Not the Boston of Cheers, MIT, or Charles River luxury apartments. The Boston where the story unfolds is called “the flats.” The river in which the story evolves is the Mystic River that flows through the flats. The river could tell many stories of human tragedy if only it could speak. It is a neighborhood of lower income, lower social-status white people, who live in tenement type apartments, just above the poverty social welfare level. The three main characters in the story are Jimmy, Dave, and Sean. They all grew up in the same neighborhood in
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If Jimmy and another person had mutual respect, the relationship was healthy. If any issue jeopardized the relationship, Jimmy would have no compassion or sympathy for the individual. If the betrayal were significant enough to have consequences, Jimmy would not hesitate to murder. After all, he had done it before this situation developed. Jimmy demonstrates all the characteristics of an alpha male. He choreographed the movements of the Savage brothers to aid in the discovery of the murder of his daughter. He showed the some charismatic leadership when he was younger and involved in robberies. This quality was subdued after his arrest and prison time served. He no longer involved himself in illegal activities. Jimmy married a second time and devoted himself to his grocery store business and his family. Ana Beth, his second wife, was a woman of strength and loyalty to Jimmy as well as his family. She supported Jimmy in any actions. Brendan was an all-around nice guy. He helped his brother with communications; he was a friend and pal to his brother who was handicapped. He protected his brother when strangers jeered him because of his differences. Brendan is depicted as an even-tempered young man, not normally given to temper or rages. He is devoted to Katie, in spite of the fact that Jimmy, her father disliked and disapproved of Brendan. Brendan’s mother is the only stable influence in his life, since his father mysteriously