Though there are many "white shirts" in the novel, this particular white-shirt-wearer is the Škoda-driving man who wants to place Rune in assisted living. He refuses to follow the rules of Ove's neighborhood and drives his car through the residential area, leaving cigarette butts when he does. He has a great deal of power and he knows it, and he tries to use it for his own gain, but he backs down when the neighborhood bands together with Lena to uncover evidence that he had been breaking rules that could lead to a public investigation if exposed.
The Man in the White Shirt Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove
The timeline below shows where the character The Man in the White Shirt appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
11. A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One Who Can't Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder
15. A Man Called Ove and a Delayed Train
19. A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came
20. A Man Called Ove and an Intruder
...Ove bangs on the window and startles the woman in the passenger seat, but the man in the white shirt rolls down his window and seems unconcerned. The man tells Ove that he has permission... (full context)
31. A Man Called Ove Backs Up a Trailer. Again.
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
...situation. Earlier that morning, Ove called Social Services from Parvaneh's house and spoke with the man in the white shirt about Rune. The conversation went poorly from the start: Ove insulted the man's ability to... (full context)
...company and also that he broke up with Blond Weed. Later that afternoon, when the man in the white shirt returned with police to get his Škoda unblocked, the trailer and the Škoda were both... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence