Review: Bad Signs by RJ Ellory
Half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger were orphaned when their mother was murdered. Now 15 and 17 respectively, they have been brought up in a series of state orphanages, virtual prisoners to the system.
Their lives are changed inalterably when 25-year-old Earl Sheridan, a vicious psychopath on his way to execution in California, seizes them as hostages. As the trio set off on a frenetic escape from the law through California and Texas, the young brothers must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of crime and violent death that follows in their wake.
Set in an utterly convincing 1960s rural America, this is a jaw-droppingly good thriller by British writer Roger Ellory, who himself was orphaned at an early age.