all ambition, although he has a nagging sense of guilt about the expectations of his Vermont family, expectations he will clearly never meet. He loves Boston and appears to move easily through the city and its various social classes, even though he initially projects a sensibility that removes him from just about everyone.
That sense of being distant from his surroundings is highlighted by the character, Ginger, who gives Trevor his title. In the novel, "Girls I Know" is the title of a wealthy young undergraduate's prospective dissertation. Ginger's idea is to interview women throughout the city to try to understand how they understand the presence of evil in their lives. She reads Thomas Aquinas and hopes to write a twenty-first century theodicy. Needless to say, from the beginning Trevor's readers know that evil will find her.
Ginger challenges Walt's diffidence, as does his attachment to the Early Bird Cafe, where he breakfasts every morning. Though it's across town, he loves the place and the people who work there. "Walt had trudged through blizzards and rainstorms and combinations of the two for years, just to have breakfast at the Early Bird," Trevor tells us. And the writer also lets us know, on page three, that there will be a multiple murder there.