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The Bookhouse Boys are a secret society formed to combat the darkness surrounding the town of Twin Peaks. As of the beginning of the series, they are not aware of the existence of the Black and White Lodge as such, but do know that there is a kind of evil surrounding the town which causes dark and unusual events to occur; they believe that this might be part of the "price" the town has to pay for all the benefits that come from its comparative seclusion from the modern world.
The members, some of whom belong to the police department, also play a kind of vigilante role against drug dealers, etc. The group was formed in the 1940s as the Citizens Brigade to defend Twin Peaks prior to the United States' entry into World War II. Among the founders was Sheriff Frederick Truman, whose sons Frank and Harry would succeed him as sheriff and become members of the Bookhouse Boys.
They are not afraid to take the law into their own hands: e.g., when Bernard Renault is interrogated in the Bookhouse.
Like the Freemasons, they have their own secret gesture, a stroke with a finger on the temple They derive their name from their meeting place, the Bookhouse. It is a building full of books; it contains a bar and cafe, where members can make their own drinks. No mention of a membership fee is made. It is largely a wooden structure, with many alcoves, and old furniture. It is said to have been built in the 40s or 50s. When Sheriff Truman loses Josie Packard, he gets drunk and trashes the place.
The best-known members of the Bookhouse Boys are:
- Sheriff Frederick Truman (founder)
- Sheriff Harry S. Truman, favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill, favorite book: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 by Hunter S. Thompson
- "Big" Ed Hurley, favorite book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- James Hurley, favorite book: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
- Joey Paulson, biker friend of James Hurley
- FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, made an honorary member; the only known non-resident member. Favorite book: The Official Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by The Warren Commission Report
- Frank Truman, Harry's brother and former sheriff of Twin Peaks. Favorite book: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
- Cappy, favorite book: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn
- Andy, favorite book: The World According to Garp by John Irving
- Hank Jennings was also once one of the Bookhouse Boys, and in fact, "one of the best" according to Harry Truman. However, Hank's later behavior, including drug dealing and assassination attempts, which resulted in him getting sent to prison, suggests that he was almost certainly expelled. Favorite book: Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
- Toad, favorite book: R. Crumb Sketch Book by Robert Crumb
- Jerry Horne
The 7 members of the starting lineup of Twin Peaks High Lumberjacks were all in the Bookhouse Boys.
Lucy is confirmed not to be a member, although she buys the books for them.