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The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones Chapter 15 Summary How It All Goes Down
Mr. Harvey's remembering shoplifting with his mother as a child. Sometimes they got caught. They robbed fresh roadside graves together. He realized early that being a woman and being a kid are "the two worst things to be" (15.24). When he first sees Lindsey running from his house he panics, but then calms down the way his mom taught him. He drops the bloody knife and his "trophy bag" (15.26) down a hole he'd drilled in the foundation. The he calls the cops and reports the break-in. Jack tries calling Detective Fenerman, but can't reach him. He learns the police are already at Harvey's. When Harvey fails to tell them about the missing drawing, they almost arrest him. But he pretends he didn't notice it missing, and shows them another drawing like it. He says he was trying to figure out how Susie had been killed, and he got the idea of the hole. The cops buy this, and tell him that Fenerman will come and ask him more questions later. Meanwhile, Abigail picks up Buckley, then stops at a pay phone to call Len Fenerman and tell him to meet her at the mall. At the mall, she lets Buckley stay at the supervised play circle, much to his joy. While the cops are questioning Harvey, she's following Fenerman down into the "inner workings of the mall" (15.55). As they kiss, Mr. Harvey packs, Buckley makes a friend, Lindsey and Sam kiss, Lynn drinks, and Jack stares at the phone. Mr. Harvey splits town, while Abigail and Fenerman make love, Abigail's temporary respite from her broken heart.
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