Sharp Objects

by

Gillian Flynn

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Chief Bill Vickery Character Analysis

Chief Bill Vickery is the chief of police in Wind Gap. A rail-thin man in his early fifties, Vickery is committed to solving Ann and Natalie’s murders quietly and within the community. He loathes the presence of outsiders, such as Detective Willis and Camille herself, fearing that they will paint an unflattering picture of Wind Gap for the rest of the world.
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Chief Bill Vickery Character Timeline in Sharp Objects

The timeline below shows where the character Chief Bill Vickery appears in Sharp Objects. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Secrets, Lies, and Disguises Theme Icon
...in the woods, searching the forest for Natalie. Camille sits and waits for Chief Bill Vickery to return from his lunch break, and when he does, he begrudgingly agrees to talk... (full context)
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Vickery asks Camille her name, and Camille introduces herself—then adds that her mother is Adora Crellin.... (full context)
Chapter 2
Abuse, Victimization, and Control Theme Icon
Rejecting Femininity  Theme Icon
Bob complains that no one has been any help to him or his family—Vickery is clearly in over his head, and a “big-shot detective” assigned from Kansas City is... (full context)
Toxic Mother-Daughter Relationships Theme Icon
Abuse, Victimization, and Control Theme Icon
...is reconvening in the woods at six, and Camille wants to get another quote from Vickery before the day begins. She plans to head to the police station and wait for... (full context)
Secrets, Lies, and Disguises Theme Icon
...She sees that there is a Band-Aid on Natalie Keene’s knee, and notices faintly that Vickery has arrived on the scene, along with a second man whom Camille gathers to be... (full context)
Toxic Mother-Daughter Relationships Theme Icon
Secrets, Lies, and Disguises Theme Icon
The detective sends the couple to the station with Vickery to give official statements, and asks Camille to come as well. As she waits in... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Camille finds Chief Vickery a few blocks from the police station working on a dented stop sign. He tells... (full context)
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Vickery states that Wind Gap has already asked for help—and in exchange were assigned the hotshot... (full context)
Abuse, Victimization, and Control Theme Icon
Rejecting Femininity  Theme Icon
Secrets, Lies, and Disguises Theme Icon
Vickery tells Camille that Ann and Natalie were both violent girls, and Camille asks if he... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Early the next morning, there is a knock at the door. Chief Vickery’s voice calls from the other side—he asks if Camille is inside and demands she open... (full context)