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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743476530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743476539
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chapter 1


Greg Kerrick closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, and says, "Gary home" into his cell phone. The receiver pressed to his ear feels hard and unyielding, and Kerrick's fingers are cold. The courthouse lobby is deserted, as might be expected at half past midnight. White marble walls and polished tile floors reflect every sound. In the darkness beyond the revolving door, rain falls in cold sheets, unusual in Nevada. Flash flood warnings are probably jamming the airwaves by now. Judge Taylor, Kerrick muses, is going to be in a double shit mood when he gets here.

The line rings once, then twice. Pain shoots through the fingers on Kerrick's other hand. He looks down to see what the hell is wrong and realizes he is clutching his briefcase so tightly his fingers are cramping up. Kerrick forces himself to loosen his grip.

The third ring is interrupted by a click, a series of thumps, and silence.

"Uh, Gary?" Kerrick hazards. "You awake?"

"Am I awake?" mumbles the man on the other end. A slight echo tells Kerrick he is on speaker phone. "Yeah. Greg? What the hell -- ?"

Kerrick plunges forward. "There's gonna be a midnight hearing in the Rivers case. The defense found some notebooks misfiled in evidence. They're diaries. Greenfruit argued to the State supremes that we suppressed the stupid things."

A sharp click comes over the line and Gary Bywater's voice snaps into loud clarity. No more speaker phone. Kerrick braces himself. "What the hell are you talking about?" Bywater shouts.

"They punted it to Judge Taylor an hour ago,"

Kerrick says, keeping his voice neutral. "They told him if he wanted Rivers' execution to go forward, he'd have to hold an evidenciary hearing tonight. I'm guessing Taylor will show up in fifteen, twenty minutes."

"This is not happening," Bywater snarls. "No goddammed, shit-assed, fuck-faced way is this happening."

A car screeches up to the curb out front, and the part of Kerrick's mind that isn't dealing with an unhappy, half-past-midnight boss realizes it is an unmarked cop car. A broad, stocky man springs out clutching several folders to his chest in a pathetic attempt to shield them from the rain. He sprints for the revolving door.

"No one's here yet," Kerrick says, hoping this small plus will calm Bywater down. "No cameras or reporters. It all happened under the radar. The transport left Ely State Prison only an hour ago, so there hasn't been time for -- "

"What do you mean 'left Ely'?" Bywater interrupts. "What transport?"

The man with the folders shoves impatiently through the revolving door like a pissed-off kid riding a merry-go-round, and Kerrick recognizes Detective Drew Valrole. Valrole rushes past Kerrick with a hasty nod, leaving a trail of water on the tile floor as he heads for the elevator.

"The diaries gave them an opening, Gary," Kerrick says into the phone. "Defense is arguing insanity again. They said they need Rivers present, so they pumped him up with drugs and put him in a -- "

"This is fucking unheard of!" Bywater bellows. "The night before his execution?"

"It's outrageous," Kerrick agrees.

"Fucking right it is. Rivers is supposed to be on his way to Carson City for an early appointment with the medical goddammed examiner. How the hell could you let this happen, Greg? Jesus fucking Christ. You drop the ball more often than a Chicago Cubs shortstop."

Kerrick's fingers tighten on his briefcase again. It always works this way. An unexpected complication arises in a case and somehow it ends up being Greg Kerrick's fault. "Gary, there was nothing I could -- "

"They can't chauffeur a blue-watch prisoner around the desert in the middle of a fucking hurricane. They're out of their goddam minds!"

"I couldn't stop it, Gary," Kerrick says, unable to keep the pleading note from his voice and hating himself for it. "I tried to call you, but -- "

"Just fix it. You hear me? Fucking fix it!" Bywater booms. "Friday morning if I don't read that cocksucker's obituary, you can write your own!"

Another loud click as Bywater slams down the phone.

Copyright © 2003 by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on April 25, 2003
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This book is a novelization of the film by the same name. Many scenes seem to be grittier and more explicit than one would expect from the film and there is plenty of delving into characters' thoughts, so this won't be identical to the film.
The story follows two paths.
The first path concerns a psychotic murderer who has less than a day before his execution. A last minute plea has been filed and the convict must be transported to the late-night hearing.
The second path concerns a rundown roadside motel. A torrential rainstorm makes the motel a haven for a cast of stranded characters. But shortly after reaching the motel, one of the characters is brutally murdered.
Who is the murderer? That is the beauty of the plot. Like in many classics, everyone can be a suspect and even the reader is kept guessing. Soon the body count begins to rise and tempers grow short and hot.
A local Native American legend may supply part of the answer. The motel is almost directly on the site of a massacre where only one Native American survived who then cursed the land.
The plot keeps moving and taking unexpected twists so that the reader is hooked all the way to the final resolution of the very last page.
This is an excellent tale of mystery/horror with shades of Agatha Christie and Sir Alfred Hitchcock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken VINE VOICE on April 25, 2004
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I'm torn. My main problem with this book is the unoriginal plot twist upon which the book (and specifically its ending) is based. But since this is a novelization of a movie script, this can't be blamed on Steven Piziks. For the most part, this is a well-written novelization and very cinematic, but the characters never really came to life for me. So, do I rate the story or how the novelization was written? I think to be fair, I need to consider both and that's why I only gave this book 2 stars. A quick read at less than 300 pages and a somewhat engaging story, but taking all aspects into consideration, the book falls short. I also thought the excessive use of the f-word was unnecessary. I'm no prude, but the word's usage got to be tedious after a certain point. I do think I will give Steven Piziks another try before striking him from my list of authors to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "johnalex" on April 20, 2003
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This is a modern version of Agatha Christie's 10 Little Indians, but with a new twist. I really got into this book and didn't want to stop reading it. Like a good mystery, it kept me guessing up til the end and had great plot twists. Whether you're going to see the movie or not, this is a great mystery book.
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By cin on February 8, 2011
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I really enjoyed the book, once I started the book I couldn't put it down tell I was done reading it. The ending will shock ya, it did me!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kristi on May 5, 2003
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Exciting story. This author is just wonderful. :)
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