Billy Straight Author:Jonathan Kellerman In this riveting, high-tension thriller, the creator of psychologist Alex Delaware weaves a tale of innocence, urban depravity, and the resilience of the human spirit. — Twelve-year-old Billy Straight - precocious, heartbreakingly perceptive, relentlessly moral -has fled the chaos and abuse of his life at home and is fighting to survive on L.A.'s... more » meanest streets. All alone, Billy has fashioned a precarious existence for himself, using principled tricks to nourish his body and his mind. Late one night he watches from his hiding place as a man viciously butchers a woman. The victim turns out to be the ex-wife of a television celebrity with a history of domestic violence, and Billy becomes the center of terrifying attention - from the media, from violent bounty hunters, and from the murderer himself.
Breathtakingly paced, Billy Straight brings to life one street kid's efforts to survive in the face of unspeakable evil. Richly layered, emotionally compelling, and peopled by a vivid cast of supporting characters - including Alex Delaware himself in a cameo role - this gripping novel represents one of the century's great storytellers at the top of his form.