A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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John-John is a professional hitman employed by Eubie (via Griselda Blanco) to kill Weeper. A gay man, John-John is in love with a man back in Chicago named Rocky, although their relationship is not a happy one. He takes a liking to Weeper and regrets that he has to kill the first man he’s met in New York to whom he enjoys talking. As a result of this affection, he embraces Weeper while he is dying.
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John-John K Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character John-John K appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 4, Chapter 4
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John-John is in New York, and “everything is motherfucking ace.” He had to flee Chicago after... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 8
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Back in the house in Miami, John-John sees a Latino family––a man, a woman, and their two sons––eating yuca together at a... (full context)
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Back in New York, John-John wakes up next to a greasy-haired man. The man tries to leave and John-John realizes... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 14
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The greasy-haired man in John-John’s bed asks for money. John-John gives him $15 and the man calls him a “cheap... (full context)
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John-John berates himself for being a “hitman with daddy issues.” He recalls the time when his... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 18
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John-John recalls a time in South Beach, Miami, when a handsome young stranger got into his... (full context)
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John-John has arrived at the house of the Jamaican he is supposed to kill. Griselda gave... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 24
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On his second try, John-John has successfully found Weeper and tied him up inside his own apartment. John-John gives them... (full context)
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...reveals that Griselda is a lesbian who sleeps with gogo girls and then kills them. John-John explains that he’s being blackmailed into killing Weeper. He says he can’t wait to get... (full context)
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John-John presses the gun to Weeper’s head, but before he pulls the trigger Weeper shouts: “Wait!”... (full context)
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...Ranking Dons killed him and will never realize that it was actually Eubie. Weeper asks John-John to help him shoot up some cocaine, and guides him through the process, as John-John... (full context)