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15 Seconds

15 Seconds

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Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

Stopped by a policeman for a minor traffic violation, Henry is pulled from his vehicle and handcuffed. When he is

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Henry Steadman didn't know what was about to hit him when he pulled up to a red light. A successful Florida plastic surgeon, he is in town to deliver a keynote address at a conference when suddenly his life becomes an unrelenting chase to stay alive.

Stopped by a policeman for a minor traffic violation, Henry is pulled from his vehicle and handcuffed. When he is released, a blue sedan pulls up, shoots the officer, and then speeds away, leaving only one suspect—Henry. In that moment, his idyllic life becomes a free fall into hell as he becomes the target of a police manhunt, as well as being pursued by a cunning, unnamed perpetrator bent on some kind of vengeance.

With breakneck pacing and nonstop action, 15 Seconds shows what can happen when even the best life is turned upside down in an instant.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of this chilling stand-alone from Thriller Award–finalist Gross (Eyes Wide Open), an overzealous police officer named Martinez stops cosmetic surgeon Henry Steadman, who’s on his way to a Doctors Without Borders conference, for a minor traffic violation outside Jacksonville, Fla. Soon after placing Henry under arrest, Martinez decides to let him off with a warning, but before Henry can leave the scene, somebody in “an old-model blue sedan” drives by and shoots Martinez in the head. Henry, fearing he’ll be accused of the murder, panics and drives away. The object of an intensive manhunt, Henry becomes increasingly mired in more violence. A chance call puts him in touch with a community outreach officer, who finds Henry’s story credible and senses a conspiracy when other cops refuse to consider evidence of his innocence. Some readers may find Henry’s initial behavior unconvincing, but once he goes on the run, the plot turns thrillingly realistic with a surprising resolution. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
A taut thriller from Gross (Eyes Wide Open, 2011, etc.) about misplaced vengeance. A stoned young woman accidentally kills a mother and child with her car and goes to prison. Elsewhere, plastic surgeon Henry Steadman is stopped for a traffic violation on his way to a medical conference. The traffic cop hassles him far out of proportion to the offense, and while they argue, a stranger drives up and shoots the cop. Soon, a friend of Steadman is also dead, and Steadman is the only suspect in both killings. Police may shoot him on sight if he tries to turn himself in, so he decides to track down the shooter's car instead. Meanwhile, he becomes increasingly aware that someone has set him up. He is a nonviolent man who doesn't even own a gun, and he has no known enemies. While he desperately tries to find an ally to help him prove his innocence, his unknown enemy ups the ante. Steadman is a flawed but resourceful hero who has more than his own life at stake, while his antagonist operates on a perverted logic that makes him both fearsome and believable. This story begins in high gear and never downshifts as it often swerves to show the world through the villain's eyes. To him, merely killing Steadman won't be enough. The doctor must suffer as much as possible first. It all works up to a frightening finale that Gross handles with masterful skill. Fans of the genre will love this one. It's a fast, fun read with crisp dialogue and a tight plot. If you're a bedtime reader, you might as well plan on staying up late, because you'll be itching to learn how it ends.
Evening Standard (UK)
“Gripping...coming up on the rails behind Harlan Coben and Lee Child.... Very diverting.”
Harlan Coben
“A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061655975
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.12(d)

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Harlan Coben
“A total white knuckle, stay-up-all-night thrill ride. Enjoyed the heck out of it!”

Meet the Author

Andrew Gross is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers Reckless, The Blue Zone, Don't Look Twice, and The Dark Tide, which was nominated for the Best Thriller of the Year award by the International Thriller Writers. He is also coauthor of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. He lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife, Lynn.

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