"The Best Revenge" By Stephen White Book Report, Web Of Characters Bringing About Different Perspectives To The Reader.

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Have you ever heard a story from one person's perspective? The thoughts, opinions, details, and statements are all one sided and it leaves you wondering if what you heard is really the truth. Your own interpretation of the story comes solely from that one person. Stephen White creates a web of characters in the novel "The Best Revenge" that adds various levels of interpretation of the case, and an abundance of information that creates the details of the story. These details come through different characters' perspectives and experiences, which then enables the reader to interpret the story to his own understanding. Dr. Alan Gregory, Tom Clone and Kelda James are just three of the characters whose perspectives are viewed in this novel.Dr. Alan Gregory, a local psychologist in Denver Colorado, is unknowingly pulled into solving a puzzle between two of his clients; FBI agent Kelda James and convicted murderer Tom Clone. From his therapy sessions with his two clients, Dr. Gregory knows all about their hidden fears and the crime that brought the two together. His analysis on their secrets and fears bring in his own interpretation to the case and their lives.After Dr. Gregory starts his therapy sessions with convicted murderer Tom Clone fresh out of prison, Dr. Gregory learns about Tom's past and makes conclusions to howthere is an extremely similar difference to the way his ex-girlfriend died and to the way his mother died when he was a young child. Dr. Gregory concludes that Tom's mothersuffered with a severe mood disorder and that Tom therefore was romantically interested in a woman with a serious mental illness. While the parallel of how Tom's ex girlfriend andmother both died of slit throats seems to make Tom suspect #1, Dr. Gregory with his vast knowledge and understanding makes a different parallel that takes Tom out of the hotseat. "I find that I'm actually interested in a different parallel. It sounds as though, at least in this instance, you found yourself attracted to a woman with a mental disorder [...] like your mother" (180). Dr. Gregory's interpretation of Tom Clone's life would be significantly different than Kelda James' perspective as Dr. Gregory is the character with the psychology degree and can read into situations, like this one.Dr. Gregory shows himself to believe in Tom. While at first the reader is made to believe that Kelda James believes in Tom as well, the real supporter throughout the whole novel is Alan Gregory through both his actions and words. Arguing with his good cop friend, Dr. Gregory comes to Tom's defence claiming that the reason Tom was put intoprison was because prosecutors relied heavily on eye witnesses. Since Dr. Gregory and his cop friend didn't see eye to eye virtually on anything they had different opinions on the effectiveness of eye witnesses. Dr. Gregory argues, "Eyewitnesses are terribly unreliable informants about what actually happened [...] The partial prints don't match. The DNA says someone else's...

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