One of Eddy’s character “flaws” is he takes unnecessary risks. Perhaps he enjoys the resulting adrenaline rush. In Chapter One of Trout Kill, for example, he speeds around a corner and hits a deer. Would he take seriously the warnings on this sign at the state park at Nehalem Bay, Oregon? Many readers say TK is “suspenseful,” and what I think they may mean is they just can’t predict what Eddy’s gonna do.