A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Louis Johnson Character Analysis

Louis Johnson is a field officer for the CIA hired by Barry Diflorio. Barry notes that Louis and Doctor Love come as a “package deal.” The CIA uses him to “maintain the links with black people,” which includes supplying guns to Josey and his gang and teaching them how to use different kinds of weapons. After the events of 1976, Louis is “sent back to Central America” in order to continue fighting communism in the region.
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Louis Johnson Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Louis Johnson appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6
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...man he used to sleep with there. When Josey speaks to politicians and Americans like Louis Johnson, he pretends to be as stupid as they think he is, and conceals the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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Josey has an appointment with Doctor Love, a Cuban man. Both Peter Nasser and Louis Johnson have tried to control Josey’s access to Doctor Love, but have not succeeded. Josey... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
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...reflects once more on his hatred for Bill Adler, as well as his suspicion of Louis Johnson on account of the fact that Louis comes as a “package deal” with Doctor... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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Barry finds Louis Johnson at a bar with Doctor Love. They leave almost immediately, however, and Barry quickly... (full context)
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...two men discuss Barry’s previous work in Ecuador, which sought to undermine communist activities there. Louis emphasizes that Jamaica isn’t Ecuador and that Barry doesn’t understand what’s going on. He tells... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
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Louis Johnson is on a mission to end apartheid in South Africa. Barry admits that “communism... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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When Louis Johnson left for Argentina, a new American called Mr. Clark replaced him. In April 1978... (full context)