The Avenger: Mickey Stallings is a 41-year-old man, a gardener, and the neighbor of the Jeromes. Jane and Karen nicknamed him Mickey Looney, because he looks like Mickey Rooney, and lives in his own world. He is mentally ill, and believes he is an 11-year-old boy called the "Avenger". When he really was eleven, he murdered a bully (Vaughn Masterson), and his grandfather, a former policeman. He was never caught because of his expert planning. Now, thirty years later, he is secretly in love with Jane and intends to hurt the boys who hurt her family. He creates the suspense in the novel and a potential threat to the main characters' lives. He commits suicide in the novel's climax, after kidnapping Jane.
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