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The 13th Hour: A Thriller
by Richard Doetsch

Published: 2009-12-29
Hardcover : 352 pages
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A mesmerizing thriller -- told in reverse! The 13th Hour is the story of a man given the chance to go back in time in one-hour increments to prevent a vicious crime from destroying his life.

Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she's ...

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A mesmerizing thriller -- told in reverse! The 13th Hour is the story of a man given the chance to go back in time in one-hour increments to prevent a vicious crime from destroying his life.

Nick Quinn is being held in jail, accused of the murder of his beloved wife, Julia. He knows she's dead; he saw her bloody corpse, shot in the head at point-blank range. The police tell him they found the murder weapon with his fingerprints on it in the trunk of his car. Nick is confused, grief-stricken -- and completely innocent.

At 9 p.m. on July 28, a gray-haired gentleman visits Nick in the police interrogation room and asks him a simple question: "If you could get out of here, if you could save her, would you?" He hands Nick a golden talisman that allows Nick to go back in time, one hour at a time, for a total of twelve hours. With each hour that Nick travels back, he finds more clues to the identity of Julia's real killer, but he also discovers that his actions in the past may have unexpected repercussions in the future.

In his race against time to save the woman he loves most in the world, Nick will find that friends become enemies, old loyalties are tested, and Julia's murder is part of a larger scheme that has its roots in greed and vengeance. Nick has the ability to save Julia, the chance to put his own world in balance, but he is venturing down a precarious route. If he hasn't set things right by the thirteenth hour, his desperate attempts to save Julia's life may lead to a far greater catastrophe than he could have ever imagined.

A surprising and utterly original thriller, The 13th Hour is pure page-turning suspense -- full of double crosses, cliffhangers, and shocking revelations.

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Did he send him on the journey to save his wife or to get the second watch?
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  "13th Hour"by lkkam02 (see profile) 02/02/12

Story had holes in it, not believable science fiction, many unexplained situations, confusing

 
  "The 13th Hour"by mik-it-geek (see profile) 04/16/11

I really enjoyed this book. It got you involved early and had a great balance of revealing information as it progressed. I loved the characters and the concept. I really enjoyed the thought provoking ending!... (read more)

 
  "The 13th Hour"by moreyea (see profile) 03/16/11

It was confusing at first; but I eventually got the rythm of the story going from present to the past, etc.

 
  "the 13th hour"by dominica (see profile) 03/16/11

The book was interesting until it became a difficult book to follow. It seemed repititious near the end.

 
  "The 13th Hour"by dwenzel (see profile) 03/15/11

It was a clever approach to a story however could be confusing at times. But did want to find out the ending!

 
  "the 13 th hour"by thomas3 (see profile) 03/02/11

I enjoyed reading this book but I didn't care for the back and forward it was like a time travel and I don't really care for time travesl books

 
  "The 13th Hour"by rfalke (see profile) 11/03/10

 
  "The 13th Hour"by lisapence (see profile) 07/22/10

Very good book. Hard to put down. Everyone in our book club really like it. Many are planning to read more of his books.

 
  "Good suspense novel"by LisaDav (see profile) 07/22/10

 
  "The 13th Hour"by PAGES (see profile) 02/22/10

I found this book extremely addicitive! I read it in one day as I could not put it down. I really enjoyed the way the author decided to write this novel - in reverse! Very interesting and not so obvious!... (read more)

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