I can't say that this is one that I would recommend to someone, but I am glad that I read it. What an awful way for someone to spend the majority of their life. At times while reading the book I had to remind myself that he wasn't slow or mentaly handicapped. He was handicapped by society and the way people viewed him. It was as though he felt that he didn't deserve to move forward in life. My opionion is that Silas was a coward and that no amount of good police work could change that.