No Country for Old Men

Sheriff Lamar Character Analysis

A friend of Sheriff Bell’s and the sheriff in Sonoma, Texas, Lamar struggles with the grisly murders occurring in his county. The first man murdered in the novel, a young deputy, was one of Lamar’s men. Similar to Bell, Lamar considers leaving the police force, but Bell encourages him to continue his work.
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Sheriff Lamar Character Timeline in No Country for Old Men

The timeline below shows where the character Sheriff Lamar appears in No Country for Old Men. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...handcuffed in the police station. The deputy, who has his back to Chigurh, calls Sheriff Lamar, a sheriff who serves in Sonora, and tells him Chigurh has an instrument that looks... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...what happened, but he tells them he doesn’t know, he just got there. Bell finds Lamar inside, at the scene where Chigurh killed the deputy. They walk outside, and Lamar notes... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...the past. Bell sits in a café, reading the newspaper. There is a picture of Lamar’s deputy (the one whom Chigurh killed) on the front page. He notes that the deputy’s... (full context)