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TRUE CRIME (SIGNED)

Klavan, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0517702134 / ISBN 13: 9780517702130
Published by Crown Publishers, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A 308 page mystery set in Missouri and the basis for the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First edition, first printing. Dust jacket enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Previous owner's name and date written on top corner of half title page. Bookseller Inventory # 11502

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Title: TRUE CRIME (SIGNED)

Publisher: Crown Publishers, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Two men meet on death row. One is a convicted murderer scheduled to die at midnight; the other is a cynical, self-destructive journalist who races the clock to prevent the law from making the ultimate mistake. True Crime is a newspaperman's minute-by-minute account of his race over the course of nine hours to find evidence that will exonerate the condemned man, and of that man's increasingly desperate struggle to hold on.

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True Crime is an edge-of-the-seat suspense novel that graphically portrays the final moments leading up to a condemned killer's appointment with the executioner. The plot is familiar but convincing: An inmate, Frank Beachum, denies any involvement in the murder of a young pregnant woman. His only chance for survival lies in the hands of a reporter, Steven Everett. From the very first page, however, veteran suspense writer Andrew Klavan does everything possible to make this journalist unlikable--he drinks too much, he's committed adultery. In fact, the incarcerated Beachum, who stands accused of a hideous crime, comes across as a much more decent person than Everett.

Foes of capital punishment will find in True Crime another buttress to the oft-expressed argument that state-sanctioned murder is not always just, that some police investigations are sloppy even when they're not politically tinged or racially motivated, and that exonerating evidence is often overlooked. Here such evidence is so glaringly overlooked that it's possible for a somewhat drunken reporter with plenty of other things on his mind (a wife who's about to leave him and a boss who's just discovered that Everett is cuckolding him) to spot the inconsistencies. He follows a hunch, discovers the identity of the real killer, and tries to clear Beachum's name as the minutes tick away. The relentless pace and Klavan's crisp, taut writing make the suspension of disbelief possible, and no doubt Clint Eastwood, who stars in the movie version, will make Steven Everett a more likely and likable hero. --Jane Adams

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