Deacon King Kong

by

James McBride

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Joe Peck Character Analysis

Joe Peck is an Italian mob boss who is responsible for introducing heroin to the Cause. He is highly successful, even though (or perhaps because) he lacks a moral compass. Elefante dislikes him because of his cocksure attitude and bad temper. Peck is the boss of every character in the novel involved in the drug trade, including Deems and Bunch Moon.

Joe Peck Quotes in Deacon King Kong

The Deacon King Kong quotes below are all either spoken by Joe Peck or refer to Joe Peck. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 5: The Governor Quotes

Greed, he thought wryly as he dug into the earth. That’s the disease. I got it myself.

Related Characters: Tommy Elefante (speaker), Deems Clemens, Joe Peck, Mrs. Elefante
Related Symbols: Flowers
Page Number: 49
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Chapter 13: The Country Girl Quotes

He scanned the East River, checking the line of barges moving along. Some of them he knew. A few were run by honest captains who refused hot items. They wouldn’t move a stolen tire if you paid them a thousand bucks. Others were captained by blithering idiots who would kick their scruples out the window for the price of a cup of coffee. The first type were honest to a fault. They just couldn’t help it. The second type were born crooks.

Which one am I? he wondered.

Related Characters: Tommy Elefante (speaker), Joe Peck, The Governor
Page Number: 179-180
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Chapter 16: May God Hold You… Quotes

Elefante shrugged, pocketed his money, and leaned against the wall of his house. “I used to see her come and go from church,” he said. “She’d say good morning. People don’t do that no more.”

“No they don’t.”

Related Characters: Tommy Elefante (speaker), Sportcoat (speaker), Hettie, Joe Peck
Page Number: 230
Explanation and Analysis:
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Joe Peck Character Timeline in Deacon King Kong

The timeline below shows where the character Joe Peck appears in Deacon King Kong. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: Jet
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...watched for seven months. The police know that Deems works for a man named Joe Peck, a major figure in the Italian mob and their true target. (full context)
Chapter 5: The Governor
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...doesn’t matter to Elefante because it had nothing to do with him—he considers it Joe Peck’s problem. Nonetheless, he pays the police officer and sends him on his way. Despite his... (full context)
Chapter 6: Bunch
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Bunch, a member of Joe Peck’s (and therefore Deems’s) criminal enterprise, is sitting in his apartment and reading the newspaper. His... (full context)
Chapter 7: The March of the Ants
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...money for the services they provide. Deems believes it might be best to ask Joe Peck to find him better men. However, for now, Deems decides to wait and see how... (full context)
Chapter 11: Pokeweed
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Before Elefante can get in his car, Joe Peck pulls up to Elefante’s house in an expensive car and asks him for a favor.... (full context)
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Peck begins talking about the recent events in the Cause. He is mad about Deems’s shooting... (full context)
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Ultimately, Elefante turns Peck down. Elefante has never trafficked drugs before, in keeping with the moral standards of his... (full context)
Chapter 14: Rat
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...wants Deems gone because he has a large quantity of heroin coming in from Joe Peck. Additionally, Bunch tells Earl, whose been sitting in the corner and listening in on the... (full context)
Chapter 17: Harold
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...drug trade without them. He considers the best way to present his argument to Joe Peck. Additionally, Deems thinks it likely that Lightbulb ratted on him. He is also worried about... (full context)
Chapter 19: Double-Crossed
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...Elefante and his men are unloading a shipment of TVs at his dock when Joe Peck shows up to talk to Elefante. Peck’s car frightens Elefante’s men, who immediately hide, thinking... (full context)
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Elefante doesn’t know what Peck is so upset about and cannot imagine why he came to see him, since he... (full context)
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Peck tells Elefante about the shooting at the pier and assumes that Elefante had something to... (full context)
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Still, Peck remains suspicious. The pier where Sportcoat supposedly shot Deems and his bodyguard was the same... (full context)
Chapter 21: New Dirt
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...pay Elefante a visit to try and gather more information about the shooting. Like Joe Peck, Potts suspects that Elefante may have had something to do with the shooting. First, he... (full context)
Chapter 22: 281 Delphi
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...departs. However, on her way out, she purposefully leaves the basement door open for Joe Peck’s men. As she walks away from Bunch’s house, Haroldeen hears Peck’s men shooting Bunch. (full context)
Chapter 25: Do
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...Elefante’s focus to Bunch Moon. Although there’s been no official confirmation, Elefante heard that Joe Peck had Bunch killed. This is yet another brutal act of violence in what Elefante sees... (full context)