Normal companies outside cannot compete with the cost of Inside-Out workers, so they offer Norton bribes not to bid for contracts. Andy helps Norton launder the money, among several other illegal enterprises orchestrated by Norton.
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In February , Andy hears from another prisoner, Tommy Williams, that his former cellmate had bragged about killing a rich golfer and his lover — the wife of a "hotshot banker" who was convicted of the murders. Red notes that there are inconsistencies in the story, notably that the convict, Elwood Blatch, claimed that the husband of the woman was a lawyer not a banker — but also notes that those professions can be easily mixed-up by those with minimal education.
But Andy feels that that the detail of his wife's lover being a "golfing pro" is too specific to be coincidence.
He also believes he remembers a man matching Tommy's description of Blatch, working at the marina of the country club — where the golf pro worked, and which he and his wife had otherwise frequented — who quit or was fired around the time of the murders. On hearing Tommy's story, Andy realizes that this evidence could possibly result in a new trial and a chance at freedom. Norton scoffs at the story, however, dismissing it as an attempt by Tommy to cheer Andy up. When Andy accuses him of being deliberately obtuse, the warden has him placed in solitary confinement for 20 days, with only bread and water.
By the time Andy is released from solitary and the warden agrees to meet with him again, Norton has had Tommy moved to a minimum-security prison with enough privileges to keep him from speaking about what he knows, and Norton implies to Andy that he used his connections get Blatch released onto a parole program, from which Blatch has since disappeared, making it nearly impossible for Andy to hire a lawyer and pursue a new trial.
Andy assumes his actions are based on Norton being afraid Andy would speak about their illegal activities if he got out, but the warden claims that his real motivation is to teach Andy humility. When Andy threatens to cease all his money laundering and other bookkeeping activities, Norton threatens to put him back into solitary for another 30 days, take away all his protections and privileges, and do away with the library.
Andy concedes and things resume as they were before Tommy's revelation, though Red notes that Andy's demeanor becomes dark for the next four years. Before he was sentenced to life, Andy managed to sell off his assets and invest the proceeds under a pseudonym. This alias, Randall Stevens, has a driver's license, Social Security card, and other credentials.
The documents required to claim Stevens' assets and assume his identity are in a safety deposit box in a Portland bank; the key to the box is hidden under a rock along a wall lining a hay field in the small town of Buxton , not far from Shawshank. In October , after 20 years in prison together, Andy shares the information with Red; describing exactly how to find the place and how one day "Randall Stevens" will own a small seaside resort hotel in Zihuatanejo , Mexico. Andy hints that he could use Red's ability to "get things" in such a place, but Red insists that he's too institutionalized to ever function on the outside.
On the morning of March 12, , after he has been incarcerated for 28 years, Andy disappears from his locked cell. After searching the prison grounds and surrounding area without finding any sign of him, Norton looks in Andy's cell and discovers that the current poster pasted to his wall Rita Hayworth covers a man-sized hole — Andy had used his rock hammer not just to shape rocks, but also to slowly chip away at the wall.
Once through the wall, he broke into a sewage pipe, crawled through it, emerged into a stream yards beyond the prison's outer perimeter, and vanished. His footprints were found near the creek he emerged into, and a day later his prison uniform was found two miles away. Norton resigns in disgrace shortly afterwards. In September , Red receives a blank postcard from McNary, Texas , a "tiny town" near the Mexican border, and surmises that Andy crossed the border there.
In March , Red is paroled. As he predicted, after 38 years in prison he finds the transition to life "outside" a difficult process. On his time off from his bag-boy job, he hitchhikes to Buxton, searching for suitable hay fields from Andy's "directions". After a few weeks of searching the area, he finds a field with a rock wall on the correct side, with a black volcanic rock at its base.
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Under this rock, he finds a letter wrapped in plastic to protect it from the elements addressed to him from "Peter Stevens" inviting him to join Peter in Mexico. The story ends with Red violating his parole to follow Andy to Mexico. The film version is considered one of the most celebrated movies of all time, being nominated for seven Oscars at the 67th Academy Awards in , to include Best Picture, and Best Actor for Freeman. Morgan Freeman stated in an interview that this novella is his favorite book.
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All of those agents got their full books…but we met them after they were already a team. I have thought a lot about the popularity of origin stories in books and movies—I love them myself. And I had already written a very short story for Aidan, many years ago, showing how he met Julia. I did another one later, for Olivia, which was included as bonus material in her book. What about the rest?
Dark Derek and sexy Mick? What about Julia herself? I wanted to find out how these smart, talented people got together. I just had to know.
So, I went back to the very beginning and found out. It is a collection of five short stories, ranging from about pages. Each one focuses on an individual member of the team, revealing the actual moment when they made the decision to get involved with this dark, paranormal investigative agency.
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Of course, it all had to start with Julia. Brilliant, sexy, strong, in-your-face Julia, who is madly in love with a ghost. I was never sure I could do her and Morgan Raines justice. But going back into this world to create these stories for all the characters reopened that door of creativity within me. And I can very happily say that Julia IS going to get her story…in just a few months!
In the meantime, though, I hope readers enjoy seeing the origins of this unique team.