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Jackie's Grandfather: You could at least let me deliver it. That car deserves to have a driver like me. After all, I competed in the Magritte Derby.
Jackie: That was thirty-seven years ago, and you came in thirty-eighth. I'll deliver it myself, thank you.
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

Jackie's Grandfather is a minor character in File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, who appears in the third incident, "Ransom Note."



Jackie's Grandfather used to be a race car driver, though he doesn't seem to have been very good. He competed in the Magritte Derby thirty-seven years before the events of File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, and came in thirty-eighth place.

After retiring, he lives in Stain'd-by-the-Sea with his grandchild, Jackie, who runs the car garage Moray Wheels. On Wednesdays, he works at the bowling alley. 

Jackie was eventually given a job working on Cleo Knight's Dilemma, and their grandfather became jealous that he was not allowed to drive it. He decided to drive Jackie away from the car by kidnapping their dog, Lysistrata, and hiding them in the bowling alley so nobody could hear her barks. He then left a fake ransom note on the windshield of the Dilemma, telling Jackie to go to Blotted Boulevard to pick her up at midnight. 

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents

Ransom Note/Loud Dog

Jackie's Grandfather: You can't drive a Dilemma. You don't have the reflexes of a professional like me.
Jackie: Your hands shake from too much sugar, and your ears ring constantly from the bowling alley.
Jackie's Grandfather: I like ringing ears!
File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, "Ransom Note"

Lemony Snicket sees Jackie's Grandfather as he enters Moray Wheels, momentarily confusing him for the mechanic, though Pip and Squeak are quick to correct him, and Snicket thinks that he looks too frail to fix cars. 

When Snicket asks Jackie about the disappearance of their dog, their grandfather comes in while eating molasses and tells the kids to leave, and then argues with Jackie over who should fix and return the Dilemma. 

When Jackie leaves, he takes the Dilemma on a joyride, taking Lysistrata with him, and they are caught by Jackie and Snicket. 

Figure in Fog

Though he does not appear, Snicket thinks about Jackie and their grandfather as he walks, and he wonders how long they would remain in a town that was going nowhere.

Physical Appearance

Jackie's Grandfather is described as an elderly man "with a limp and a sneer," and with shaking hands, ringing ears, and little to no teeth.[1]