By: David Morrell
(Paperback / 384 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446611948 / $7.99)
Description: The author of such suspense novels as 'Desperate Measures' and 'Black Evening' has written another winner. When Brad Denning was a boy, he had a younger brother named Petey. One day at a baseball game, Brad told Petey to get lost, and Petey rode away on his bike never to be seen again. Now Brad is married and has a son almost Petey's age, a constant reminder of his lingering guilt from Petey's disappearance.
Verdict: Most of you remember telling a pesky sibling or younger friend, "Get lost. Go away. Leave me alone." You didn't really mean it, of course. You just wanted some time with your buddies without your bothersome little brother getting in the way. You didn't think about "What if?"
What if? What if you told your little brother to get lost ... and he did - for twenty-five years? Brad Dennings is now a successful architect with a beautiful wife and adoring young son. A quarter century earlier, his nine year-old brother Petey disappears. At a baseball game thirteen year-old Brad gets tired of his little brother following him around and tells him to go home. Petey never makes it home. He's apparently been kidnapped - his bike and baseball glove found abandoned just blocks from home.
Brad carries the guilt of his brother's kidnapping with him into his adult life, but buries it deep inside, where it lies dormant as he becomes a happy successful business owner, husband and father. One unexpected day,the persuasive words of a stranger bring Petey back into Brad's life. His feelings of guilt also return, so Brad shoves away his lingering doubts about this hardened, disheveled man who claims to be his "long lost" brother. His suspicions are validated when Petey disappears once again - this time taking Brad's wife and son with him. Now Brad must literally step into his brother's shoes to find his stolen family - before it's too late.
David Morrell is truly a master novelist. His ability to balance rich descriptions of characters and scenery with heart-pounding action makes you feel as if you are perched on the edge of a sheer cliff, feeling the adrenaline burn through your veins as you desperately try to keep from falling.
Reviewed By Simon Foster