A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Tony Pavarotti Character Analysis

Tony Pavarotti is an enforcer and sniper known as the most merciless killer in Jamaica. He is rumored to have been trained at the School of the Americas, an American Defense institute that provides military training to US allies in Latin America. Tony is never shown to speak in the novel, and some characters believe he is mute. Josey sends Tony to kill Alex Pierce, and while defending himself Alex accidentally kills Tony by stabbing him in the neck with a letter opener.
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Tony Pavarotti Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Tony Pavarotti appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 19
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Josey approaches the house, along with Tony Pavarotti and two others whose names Demus doesn’t know. They shoot, and Demus runs away.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 20
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...over, Bam-Bam walks away, and as he does so he wets himself. Out of nowhere, Tony Pavarotti appears in front of him and punches him in the face. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 22
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...scream, but his mouth has been gagged. Hs hands and feet are bound. Weeper and Tony Pavarotti pick him up and throw him into a grave, face-down. Bam-Bam realizes with horror... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
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Papa-Lo is driving along the coast with Tony Pavarotti. He and Josey no longer talk. Two years ago Papa-Lo was arrested and taken... (full context)
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Tony shoots the man in the head, and Papa-Lo shoots the boy. Recently Shotta Sherrif suggested... (full context)
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...targeting the families of the officers who beat him. Back in the present, Papa-Lo and Tony drive back down the coast, and Papa-Lo thinks about the second peace concert, which took... (full context)
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Papa-Lo and Tony take Leggo Beast and two other men involved in the shooting to the garbage-filled McGregor... (full context)
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...approaches Papa-Lo and begins speaking nonsensically, but Papa-Lo shakes his head and the man disappears. Tony puts nooses around the necks of the other two men and hangs them from a... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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...attack was over. Josey recalls the Singer’s departure from Jamaica. At 6 am, he and Tony arrived at the airport. Tony had a gun poised, ready to shoot the Singer, when... (full context)
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...Josey tells Weeper he needs to go because he is waiting on a call from Tony, but Weeper points out that if Tony was going to call he would have done... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 16
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...to describe the man he killed. Based on the description, Tristan concludes it sounds like Tony Pavarotti. (full context)
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Tristan never met Pavarotti, but rumors state that he was “cold as ice,” possibly mute, and came out out... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 20
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Tristan indicates it’s unlikely that Josey has flown to New York six years after Tony Pavarotti’s death to kill Alex himself. It’s possible that Josey’s forgotten Alex, although this is... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
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...his own juice-maker. The man in the suit asks Ren-Dog if he ever heard of Tony Pavarotti. Ren-Dog responds that he has, addressing the man in the suit as Eubie. Eubie... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 6
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...tease Alex about his long, scruffy hair. Alex is terrified. He hasn’t heard the name “Tony Pavarotti” since he was talking to Tristan in Rikers years ago. Alex manages to say... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 11
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...a “hole in the story,” but Eubie doesn’t care. Eubie then asks why Josey sent Tony Pavarotti to kill Alex. He adds that “Josey Wales not going touch anybody for a... (full context)