The Zero Hour

Posted: July 7, 2013 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author: Ben Graziose

Hardback, 175 pages

Published in 2012 by Friesen Press

Reader Category: Older

From the Publisher: Tony Evans’ life has reached a breaking point: his longtime wife has filed for divorce and left with their daughter, Nikki.  In Tony’s darkest hour,  he is laid off from the only career he has ever known as a reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle.  Tony has become a fading relic in today’s information age and feels pushed aside until he is summoned to San Quentin Prison’s Death Row at the request of a serial killer and condemned prisoner Reynaldo Ramirez.

Ramirez asks Tony to publish the tales of his murderous exploits during his final week on Death Row.  An initially dismissive Tony soon discovers that he cannot turn the request down after he learns that Ramirez’s evil extends beyond his prison cell:  he has had Tony’s beloved daughter kidnapped.  If the stories fail to appear in the paper, she dies.

Tony struggles against the clock to glean the significance of every story that Ramirez tells, searching for clues to his daughter’s whereabouts.  Tony complies with the requests in order to buy time, and to uncover the secrets which will keep his daughter from becoming Reynaldo Ramirez’s final victim.

My Review:  In Ben Graziose’s first novel, he has managed to quickly pull us into Reynaldo Ramirez’s world of murder and deceit.  Characters are vividly brought to life leaving no question which side of the law you are rooting for.  A real page turner that only allows you to catch your breath when the final word is read.

  1. Book Blather says:

    Sounds good! Glad you liked this one.

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