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In the heat of the city, a man is out of time: speeding in a beat-up Ford Tempo, blasting easy-listening music. Reporter Steve Everett drinks too much, makes love to his boss' wife, and has just stumbled upon a shocking truth: A convicted killer is about to be executed for a crime he didn't commit.

In the cold confines of Death Row, Frank Beachum is also out of time. Ready to say good-bye to the wife and child he loves and hello to the God he still believes in, Beachum knows he did not kill a convenience store clerk six years ago. But in a few hours - if Steve Everett can't find the evidence to stop it - a needle is going to pierce Frank Beachum's skin.

The killing machine is primed. The executioner is waiting. And so is the priest. Now the clock is ticking down and the race is on - between the reporter and his demons, between the system and its lethal flaws, between the last innocent man and society's ultimate crime....

©1997 Amalgamated Metaphor, Inc. (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant!

This is my favourite book by Andrew Klavan so far. It was so hard to listen to, at times almost unbearable, the way he manages to transmit the inner life, fear, and agony of the characters. At the same time it was so beautiful, so deep and full of spiritual wisdom. And, of course, packed with nail-biting suspense and action. I can't imagine how hard this must have been to write and I am so grateful that I got to hear it.

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  • louis alessandra
  • 2022-04-10

Gripping until the very last word.

So... I am cursed with an innate ability to map narratives and identify setup/foreshadowing to the point where I almost always know how a story will end. without giving anything away, I will say that I didn't know which way the climactic moment would go until it happened. Well done. I also appreciate the fact that, despite its subject matter being a frought political subject matter. I couldn't have told you the authors opinion on the matter.

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  • 2022-06-27

Very very good crime novel

Klavan is a master author. The book is gripping and engaging. The narrator is also very good. The story is well worth your time, and is very well produced.