This was a good fast paced book. The main character, a reporter, was funny, and always getting himself in trouble with women and at his job. He curses a blue streak, but the plot was great, and it kept me laughing. He is a reporter in a race against time to keep an innocent man on death row from dying. Not your usual set up, and very enjoyable.
A mystery/suspense with a newspaper reporter becomes interested in a death row case. Sometimes the book is hopeful, sometimes it's incredibly bleak. Plus the preparations for the "death chamber" are kind of unsettling, but well-writtern. I will definitely be looking for more books from Klavan.
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's 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 Beachums skin.
Very different approach to a reporter's part in an execution.
Six years ago, Beachum was convicted of the murder of a shop clerk and sentenced o die. Now his appeals have run out. A must read.
This book is so good I actually read it all in one night. I could not put it down
This book is about a man on death row that should not be there and the reporter who tries to get him out.
Reporter Steve Everett is not usually the type to turn into an heroic do-gooder overnight - he drinks too much, makes love to his boss' wife, and has just stumbled upon a shocking truth that has him literally fighting the clock. He has just discovered that a convicted killer is about to be executed for a crime he didn't commit. Now an imperfect defender must find a way to stall the ultimate end-game.
In the cold confines of Death Row, Frank Beachum is preparing himself for the end. He's ready to say goodbye to the wife and child he loves and greet the God he still believes in. He knows that he will go into Eternity with a clear conscience, heart and soul; filled with the knowledge that he did not commit the murder of a convenience store clerk six years ago.
But in the interest of justice - unless Steve Everett can find the evidence to halt his execution - Frank Beachum will die by lethal injection. The killing machine is primed; the executioner is waiting and now the battle is on - between the reporter with all his inner demons, and a system with lethal flaws. The prize at the end of this fight will be the life of an innocent man.
I really enjoyed this book so much. I have never seen the movie adaptation of the book, I don't usually like Clint Eastwood, but I would definitely be curious to see how the book is interpreted. True Crime is Grade A+! material to my mind and I can't wait to find more of Andrew Klavan's work to read.
Yellow and black paperback cover w/ ISBN 0-440-22403-9