By David Kessler
San Francisco legal professional Alex Sedaka is stunned whilst California governor Chuck Dusenbury bargains eleventh-hour clemency to Clayton Burrow, Sedaka’s loss of life Row patron, provided that Burrow finds the place he buried body.
But there is a challenge: Burrow insists that he's blameless and claims that he was once framed by way of the lacking lady herself. till then, Sedaka inspiration that Burrow used to be responsible. Now he isn't so certain. therefore starts off a race opposed to time to solve the secret, aided through his computer-savvy son, his dependable secretary and his enigmatic felony intern.
But with the clock ticking right down to Burrow’s execution, Alex is annoyed at each flip. and because the execution looms forward, the race turns frantic… and unsafe for Alex...
15 Hours (formerly Mercy) is the 1st in a sequence of felony thrillers that includes San Francisco legal professional Alex Sedaka.
The curtain that lined the window among the execution chamber and the commentary room was once opened.
Clayton Burrow lay strapped to the gurney.
Although not anyone was once presupposed to say something, there has been a collective gasp. The guards who stood on the corners of the commentary room acknowledged not anything. They knew that it used to be an involuntary response and at least couldn't be heard within the execution chamber itself. The movement of sound used to be regulated through microphones and audio system: the glass itself used to be triple-glazed.
The warden of the criminal begun interpreting out from a single-page, black-bordered record. yet Nathaniel Anderson was once no longer listening. He used to be taking a look down at Burrow, now a pathetic determine, staring up on the ceiling, making no attempt to appear around on the spectators.
What used to be he considering? Nat questioned. used to be he afraid? Did he think to blame? Ashamed?
The warden accomplished examining the warrant after which seemed up, in the course of the window.
“Mr. Burrow has made a quick written assertion, which he has requested me to learn to you:
“‘There are issues i've got performed in my lifestyles that I’m no longer pleased with. there have been issues I shouldn’t have performed. i used to be a made of my upbringing. I wasn’t consistently taught correct from incorrect. and that i used to be taught to hate humans for issues that they had no keep watch over over or for issues that i assumed have been undesirable simply because that’s the best way i used to be pointed out. yet no matter what wrongs i'm in charge of, homicide isn't certainly one of them. Dorothy Olsen suffered at my arms. I bullied her at school and that i raped her. yet i didn't kill her. i'm asserting this, no longer within the desire of being spared the dying penalty. i do know it really is too overdue for that. yet just because i would like the reality to be known.’”
The warden then regarded down at Burrow.
“Do you need to upload whatever to that?”
Burrow nodded, lifted his head a bit of and became to stand the spectators.
“I simply are looking to say that i've got no proceedings in regards to the justice method. I had a good trial and every thing used to be performed which may and will be performed as a way to make sure that I had a good trial and which will make sure that justice was once done.”
Then he lay again and the criminal employees discovered veins and inserted needles, one for the sodium thiopentol and one for the opposite medications. Then they stood again from the desk. The execution used to be approximately to begin.
At that time, Clayton Burrow became his head to stand the spectators back, yet this time, he tilted his head upward relative to his physique, in order that he may possibly see all of them.
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15 Hours by David Kessler