Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.79 in
Published: August 29, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 143918397X
ISBN - 13: 9781439183977
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CHAPTER 1 FRIDAY, 6:00 A.M. HALF-PAST DAWN, THE WORLD slowly came to life. The sun crept along the freshly cut grass, over the scattered toys on the back lawn, and through the rear windows of the modest colonial house, the country kitchen filling with morning light as it danced over cream tiles and a wide-plank oak floor. A tall man walked into the kitchen, his black hair mussed and astray, his lean, muscular body wrapped in a blue robe. His face was strong and intelligent, but carried a certain toughness, while his dark brown eyes had the appearance of seeing far more years than the thirty-nine he had lived. A Bernese Mountain dog ran to his side, and he crouched down, running his hands through the large dog’s black, brown, and white coat, rubbing his belly and behind his ears. “Hey, Fruck,” he whispered. He always loved giving his pets obscure names that never failed to become conversation starters. He reached into the fridge, grabbed a Coke, popped it open, and drank half of it as if it were desperately needed air for his lungs. He wasn’t a coffee guy, never had been, preferring his caffeine jolt cold and sweet. He looked around the kitchen, at the overflowing garbage he had promised his wife he would take out more than a day ago, at the ever-growing stack of bills by the phone, and finally, at the lack of bagels, cream cheese, and newspaper on the counter. Heading through the hallway of the small house, he opened the front door to find the newspape
From the Publisher
Between life and death, between the deepest dark of night and the
first rays of dawn, in that moment where we begin to drift from
sleep to wakefulness, is where anything is possible . . .
Jack Keeler wakes up one bright June morning to the shock of his
life. He gazes in the mirror and sees a half-healed gash over his
right eye and a hastily stitched-together wound in his shoulder
that looks suspiciously like the result of a bullet. He also
notices an intricately designed tattoo-words written in a foreign
script-covering the length of his forearm. He's alone, his house
eerily silent without the delightful chatter of his wife and two
daughters. He has absolutely no memory of how, when, or why he
ended up in such gruesome physical condition.
Jack gropes his way down to the kitchen to call his wife, Mia-an
FBI agent-and to find some answers. But before he can pick up the
phone, his eyes are drawn to the front page of that morning's
paper. He takes in a large photo of a bridge, the guard rail
missing, a skein of tire marks on the roadway. Above the photo, in
large black type, a headline that simply reads NEW YORK CITY
DISTRICT ATTORNEY JACK KEELER DEAD.
From this mind-shattering opening scene, Richard Doetsch takes
readers on a twisting, turning adventure as Jack struggles to find
out not only what happened to him, but to his missing wife. As
fragments of his memory return, and with the help of a loyal
friend, he reconstructs the events of the previous night, which
culminated in his being shot and Mia's abduction. He has only until
dawn of the following day to uncover an ancient mystery hidden in
the depths of one of the country's most heavily guarded prisons.
Just when Jack thinks he has put all the pieces together and has
saved Mia's life, a final twist occurs that changes everything.
A thriller spanning time, an Asian people out of legend, an
assassin who will stop at nothing to avenge his death sentence, and
a diary whose contents foretell the future, Half-Past Dawn is a
race through the borders of life and death, insanity and reason,
and dreams and reality. In the dim light of half-past dawn, nothing
is as it appears to be.
"Richard Doetsch delivers one of the best thrillers of the year...a
gut-wrenching read. The constant shocks and twists will delight the
most seasoned thriller fan." -The Associated Press
"This one will keep you guessing to the end." -Suspense
"A whole new meaning to the term ''thriller''...an incredible
story that will leave one wondering until the very end." -Book
"The story is too compelling to be abandoned before the last word
and, even then, it doesn't let go." -Murder By Type
"Half Past Dawn defies description. There simply has not
been anything like it. Ever. Full of nonstop action, mindbending
switchbacks and psychological puzzles, it will keep you up far into
the deepest hours of the night, quite possibly even until…half-past
dawn. Richard Doetsch is undeniably the king of plot twists."
"Doetsch delivers a whole new meaning to the term ''thriller,''
providing shocking revelations and realizations at the end of
almost every chapter. Readers will be left wondering (and dreading)
what will happen next, and be physically unable to stop reading."
-San Francisco Book Review