The Getaway Book Summary and Study Guide

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THE GETAWAY is a novel published in 1957.

Doc MacCoy and his wife Carol have just committed an armed robbery in a bank of a little Texas town. Doc has also shot Rudy, his paranoid partner, and left him for dead. Now they just have to cross the country in order to join California and then Mexico. But the police is still after the couple since they must kill again and again all those who cross their path. And Rudy, miraculously saved by a bucket, is behind them too.
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Noir at its noirest.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's The crook is....    -   criminals killing each other    -   on the run from the law    -   committing armed robbery Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   armed robbery!

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   accused criminal Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Midwest    -   West    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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