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From Barnes & NobleWhen a rookie journalist is critically injured in an accident, hard-drinking soon-to-be-fired reporter Steve Everett must stop philandering with his boss's wife long enough to fill in on an assignment: Visit death-row inmate Frank Beachum on the day of his execution and write a simple human-interest story on the final hours of a condemned man. But in a routine background check, Everett stumbles across what everyone else has missed: proof the convicted man is innocent. He has 12 hours to prove it. Klavan writes beautifully and profoundly of Beachum's torment and doubts in those dwindling hours, and the depictions of Everett's efforts -- in spite of his apparent goal of self-destruction -- are remarkable. Brilliant.