Bill Reed has not seen or spoken to his cousin John, an adult suffering from Down Syndrome, for four years, until he receives a cryptic and disturbing letter from the mentally disabled man. The letter, composed entirely of pasted-together numbers and crudely scribbled lines, makes no sense, but gives Reed a definite sense that something is very wrong at the private, isolated facility where John resides.
A former FBI agent who has recently lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, Reed has problems of his own. The last thing he needs right now is another person to look out for. Yet the more Reed tries to check on his cousin, the more resistance he encounters from the people who are supposed to be caring for John and the other residents of the Ullman Institute.
Reed smells trouble, and he's not about to give up. Despite his own disability, he vows to find out what the Institute is hiding--and to rescue his cousin before it's too late!
Keith Nichols on Amazon wrote:
I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 because of too much profanity, otherwise, it's a good thriller till the end. Bad guys were giving Bill Reed a lot of run around. Bad guys were bully around Reed's cousin, Johnny Boy (with Down's Syndrome) for no reason and it will make you feel like Johnny Boy is one of your own and wanting to protect him from bad people.
Bill Reed, a recent leg amputee, has to abandon the self-indulgent life he has fashioned to accommodate his disability and try to unravel the reason his cousin, a Down's syndrome victim is being mistreated in the private institution where he has resided for a number of years. In so doing, Reed learns to triumph over his disability in order to save his cousin's life. This is a fast-paced and engaging yarn, although the skulduggery seems based on a rather doubtful premise. The writing is good, and action outweighs introspection by a good deal.