Everett is a journalist with a lot of personal problems. When one of his colleagues gets in a car accident and is in a coma, Everett gets assigned to her article, which is to interview Frank Beachum, a prisoner hours before he has to be put to death. As Everett looks into the case, he finds a couple of things that don't add up. After talking to the prisoner, and in between trying to sort out his personal life, Everett tries to find out what really happened on that day before Frank Beachum receives his lethal injection.
There were a couple of inconsistencies in the story. Everett goes to interview a person involved in the story and she pretty much threatens his life, then when he comes back later in the day, she helps him. Why the sudden change in attitude?
Also, at the end you want to keep turning the pages to see if Beachum lives or dies, the author splices the action with long paragraphs about how someone would feel going to their death. While this could be interesting, I found that it slowed down the pace of what should be a fast-paced section of the novel.
First Line: "Frank Beachum awoke from a dream of Independence Day."