In Heridon Copper's first mystery, he investigates the the murder of a track team member (who was a friend of one of his friends) and the disapperance of her roommate. Soon, he confronts a man by the name of Willy Steiner who has been seen near the track, observing the runners. He's clearly mentally ill when he says he likes their skin for they are "so white and pure like a dove" and compares the murdered track team member as a "phoenix with broken wings". If it helps, he's old enough to be the father of the younger ones and he is not registered as a worker in the university. Heridon later learns that Willy is a registered sex offender with a history of sexual abuse to minors. If it also helps, Heridon hates this guy and thinks he should've been locked up long ago. Later, Heridon meets Willy once again. This time, however, Willy is dying of a gunshot wound he credits to "That <expletive> who worked for the phoenix's roommate..." I plan for Heridon to try and help Willy to a hospital, but I wonder: How would readers react to Heridon helping a sicko who may well have done the crime himself? I justify it as "Well, Heridon's a decent guy and he's seeing a man who's bleeding to death. Heridon is not gonna just leave him, even if the guy is a sicko." Thoughts?