By David Kessler
San Francisco legal professional Alex Sedaka is shocked while California governor Chuck Dusenbury bargains eleventh-hour clemency to Clayton Burrow, Sedaka’s demise Row consumer, provided that Burrow finds the place he buried body.
But there is a challenge: Burrow insists that he's blameless and claims that he used to be framed by way of the lacking woman herself. until eventually then, Sedaka proposal that Burrow used to be to blame. Now he's not so certain. therefore starts a race opposed to time to solve the secret, aided via his computer-savvy son, his unswerving secretary and his enigmatic felony intern.
But with the clock ticking all the way down to Burrow’s execution, Alex is pissed off 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 chain of felony thrillers that includes San Francisco legal professional Alex Sedaka.
The curtain that coated the window among the execution chamber and the commentary room used to be opened.
Clayton Burrow lay strapped to the gurney.
Although not anyone was once purported to say something, there has been a collective gasp. The guards who stood on the corners of the remark room stated not anything. They knew that it was once an involuntary response and as a minimum couldn't be heard within the execution chamber itself. The move of sound was once regulated by means of microphones and audio system: the glass itself used to be triple-glazed.
The warden of the legal all started interpreting out from a single-page, black-bordered record. yet Nathaniel Anderson was once now not listening. He used to be having 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 pondering? Nat puzzled. was once he afraid? Did he think in charge? Ashamed?
The warden entire analyzing the warrant after which regarded up, in the course of the window.
“Mr. Burrow has made a brief written assertion, which he has requested me to learn to you:
“‘There are issues i've got performed in my existence that I’m now not happy with. there have been issues I shouldn’t have performed. i used to be a made from my upbringing. I wasn’t continually taught correct from incorrect. and that i was once taught to hate humans for issues they'd no keep watch over over or for issues that i assumed have been undesirable simply because that’s the way in which i used to be pointed out. yet no matter what wrongs i'm accountable of, homicide isn't considered 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 announcing this, now not within the wish of being spared the loss of life penalty. i do know it truly is too past due for that. yet just because i would like the reality to be known.’”
The warden then seemed down at Burrow.
“Do you need to upload something to that?”
Burrow nodded, lifted his head a bit and grew to become to stand the spectators.
“I simply are looking to say that i've got no lawsuits concerning the justice procedure. I had a good trial and every thing used to be performed which could and may be performed so as to make sure that I had a good trial and with a purpose to make sure that justice was once done.”
Then he lay again and the legal employees stumbled on veins and inserted needles, one for the sodium thiopentol and one for the opposite medicinal drugs. Then they stood again from the desk. The execution used to be approximately to begin.
At that time, Clayton Burrow grew to become his head to stand the spectators back, yet this time, he tilted his head upward relative to his physique, in order that he might see all of them.
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15 Hours by David Kessler