Chapter 7 Climbing the last step, Howard Kirkwood turned down the hall toward Perry's room. Approaching the second door on the left, he noticed the sliver of light under the door. Carefully he twisted the doorknob and opened the door quietly. He stood looking in at his son for several minutes, then let his hand slide down over the light switch. Then there was the low scraping sound of a key turning in the lock, followed by quiet footsteps retreating down the hall.