What is the climax of Turtles All the Way Down?

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Turtles All the Way Down culminates with the gruesome discovery by Daisy and Aza, freshly reunited after their argument and Aza’s stay in hospital, of the runaway Pickett’s body. They are alerted to this by the smell of the unfortunate millionaire decomposing in the unfinished drainage complex near Pogue’s Run. They alert the police of their discovery via an anonymous tip, thus concluding the mystery that has puzzled their community throughout the novel. With their parents now gone and their father’s fortune bequeathed to his favorite animal, Davis and his brother are compelled to move away to Colorado, leaving Aza behind. They say an emotional goodbye, and the novel ends with Aza speculating optimistically over the possibilities of her future.

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