True Crime

Andrew Klavan, Author, Andrew Kalavan, Author Crown Publishers $21 (308p) ISBN 978-0-517-70213-0
Though this is only Klavan's fourth novel under his own name (he received two Edgar Awards for pseudonymous mysteries), his stylistic range and thoroughly compelling plots have earned him a loyal readership--an audience that should be broadened with this gripping tale. Here Klavan puts an intensely human, often intriguingly quirky face on a familiar plot device: the race to save a convicted killer on death row. When a St. Louis News staffer crashes her car hours before her scheduled interview with Frank Beachum (the interview itself to take place just eight hours before Beachum's execution), reporter Steve Everett is handed the assignment. Everett, 35 (and possessing ``wicked, sharply angled brows and a wicked, sharply angled smile''), is already under pressure: though married, he has been shtupping the boss's wife, which creates no little tension at work and at home. Furthermore, he comes to believe that Beachum is innocent, and both personal ethics and career opportunism propel him to pursue his theory. To this end, Klavan gives us the photo finish to end all photo finishes: readers may be gasping for breath by the time Beachum's fate is decided. Even before that, however, the author's vivid characterizations and dramatic prose--packed with tension, black humor and wry observations on the human condition--command attention. Alternating chapters (their style changing as deftly as their settings) present a harrowing portrait of a killer's final hours along with perceptively observed personal and professional crises of an oddly likable schlemiel. 250,000 first printing; major ad/promo; film rights to 20th Century-Fox; simultaneous Random House audio. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Show other formats
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-78838-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 400 pages - 978-0-440-22403-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-78839-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-679-44455-8
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-679-45596-7
Hardcover - 481 pages - 978-0-7838-1438-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7451-6678-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-449-22512-7
Hardcover - 978-0-517-26823-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-78888-1
Prebound-Sewn - 978-1-4177-1243-4
Hardcover - 481 pages - 978-0-7451-7919-3
Hardcover - 481 pages - 978-0-7451-3739-1
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 228 pages - 978-0-307-79121-4
Hardcover - 439 pages - 978-0-7515-1827-6
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.