Police and John Busby
The other significant external conflict is John Busby (Author) vs. Society. In this conflict, society would be represented by the dishonest dealings of the Meyer crime family, as well as a corrupt police department. Busby was confident that the Meyer brothers were responsible for the attack. The police department did little to pursue this investigation and when the Busby family left Falmouth to enter into protected hiding, the case of John Busby’s shooting was closed. The Meyer crime family had influence and the police department was subject to this influence in some way. Societal corruption played a very important role in the actual crime but also how things were handled afterward. If an arrest and conviction were to have happened, Busby and his family may have suffered less than they did. They likely would not have needed to go into hiding, which was disruptive and isolating. Also, with an arrest, John Busby would have felt some satisfaction and relief. Unfortunately, convicting a Meyer for this crime was not accomplished until the end of the book when one brother finally admitted his involvement to the police.
3. The most important internal conflicts in this book