In Ellen Raskin's novel The Westing Game, what five identities does Sam Westing use?
In Ellen Raskin's 1978 mystery novel The Westing Game, the character of Sam Westing, in addition to that identity, assumes four others:
Barney Northrup, the mysterious, eccentric real estate agent whose ruse attracts each of the potential heirs of Sam Westing;
Julian Eastman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Westing Paper Products Corporation;
Sandy McSouthers, the "stocky, broad-shouldered man in the doorman's uniform at Sunset Towers";
and Windy Windkloppel, the true(?) identity of Sam Westing, Barney Northrup, Julian Eastman, and Sandy McSouthers: "I, Samuel W. Westing of Westingtown, born Sam “Windy” Windkloppel of Watertown (I had to change my name for business purposes. After all, who would buy a product called Windkloppel’s Toilet Tissues?)..."
Raskins' novel plays with the identities of the main character to confuse the "suspects" as well as the reader. That the author is playing a game with identities is not a part of the mystery; enough clues are provided along the way to allow for an educated guess regarding the identities of the above-named characters, especially the fact that each name is a point on the compass.