Book Title: BAD SIGNS
Author: R.J. Ellory
Year of Publication: 2011
Orphaned by an act of senseless violence that took their mother from them, half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger start life with two strikes against them. Raised in state institutions, unaware of the world outside, their lives take a sudden turn when they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row.
Earl Sheridan is a psychopath of the worst kind, but he has the potential to change the boys' lives for ever. Sheridan and the two brothers set off on a frenetic escape from the law through California and Texas, and as the journey continues the boys must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of violence that follows in their wake - something that forces them to make a choice about their lives, and their relationship to one another.