True Crime by Andrew Klavan
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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'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 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 .  .  .  .


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About Andrew Klavan

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Andrew Klavan was hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich." He is the recipient of two Edgar Awards and the author of such bestsellers as True Crime and Don't Say a Word.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by WARNER BOOKS. 402 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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As in Hecht- MacArthur's The Front Page, the story focuses as well on Death Row and Beachum's visits by Everett, the warden, a minister, Beachum's wife and daughter, and the physical arrangements and protocol for the execution--all of which, though well written, are filler for Everett's sleuthing.

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Publishers Weekly

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A reporter has 18 hours to save a death-row convict. (Sept.)

Aug 11 1997 | Read Full Review of True Crime: The Novel

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When a St. Louis News staffer crashes her car hours before her scheduled interview with Frank Beachum (the interview itself to take place just eight hours before Beachum's execution), reporter Steve Everett is handed the assignment.

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A reporter has 18 hours to save a death-row convict.

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People

Cynical, philandering St. Louis News reporter Steve Everett seems an unlikely hero.

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Jacksonville.com

And it's fun to watch as Eastwood's reporter is pulled into confrontations between James Woods as his editor in chief and Denis Leary as his city editor.

Mar 18 1999 | Read Full Review of True Crime: The Novel

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