Tom is an employee at the train company where Ove's father and Ove both worked. He has a reputation for being exceptionally mean, selfish, and violent. He never forgives Ove for deciding to turn in a wallet he found with a large sum of cash in it and later tries to steal Ove's watch.
Tom Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove
The timeline below shows where the character Tom appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. A Man Called Ove
...office. Ove's father took Ove's hand and they walked together to the office, listening to Tom shouting angrily behind them. At the office, Ove's father refused to tell the receptionist if... (full context)
8. A Man Called Ove and a Pair of His Father's Old Footprints
12. A Man Who Was Ove and One Day He Had Enough