Caroline Harper still thinks of him every day.
For more than 50 years, not a day goes by when Caroline doesn't think of her brother, Andy. The last time she saw Andy was when he left home to spend 30 days at Florida's largest reform school. Caroline's family was told that Andy ran away in the middle of the night.
Fifty years later, Sean O'Brien receives a letter from a dead man. A year earlier the man had hired Sean O'Brien and chartered his boat for a fishing trip. Now the man is reaching from the grave to hire him again. But this time it's to find a killer.
Jackson County - the location of the old reform school - still carries smoldering baggage from the Civil War, and after a half century there are those who don't want to have a forensics investigation on the property, because to do so will reveal one of the nation's darkest secrets.
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Fictional accounting of the DOZIER SCHOOL in FL.
Absolutely Exquisitely Written Mystery that I believe was tailored from the DOZIER REFORM SCHOOL in Florida where this also takes place.
I listened to this book enraptured by this story of a missing boy (Andy Cope) that disappeared 50 years ago from juvenile detention facility. The people involved in this child's disappearance are now men in their early 60s and up.
Sean O'Brien is hired by a man who was detained with Andy. He hires Sean through a letter and then proceeds to commit suicide. His suicide relates directly to the reform school and his is not the only one over the years.
The townspeople living where this facility was located would like to forget it. The guards would like for Sean O'Brien to forget it. The children who had been sent to this reform school were never the same. They suffered the worst kind of abuse grown men can perpetrate on children. Some of the children never left the "school" and it's up to Sean to find their graves but... the guard who was in charge is still alive and he wants Sean dead.
This book is so well written I hung on every word. I have listened to and enjoyed all of Tom Lowe's historical based mystery books. The narrator is Michael David Axtell. His performance is excellent and for me he is the voice of Sean O'Brien.
All of the books in this series are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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What Happened to Andy Cope?
- R. Pontiflet