By Andrew Gross
15 seconds can tear your existence aside . . .
Henry Steadman didn't recognize what was once approximately to hit him while he pulled as much as a pink gentle. A winning Florida plastic health care provider, he's on the town to carry a keynote deal with at a convention whilst all of sudden his lifestyles turns into an unrelenting chase to stick alive.
Stopped by means of the police for a minor site visitors violation, the location escalates and he's pulled from his automobile, handcuffed and informed he's less than arrest. numerous different police automobiles arrive and the wondering turns frightening, yet simply as Henry is published and approximately to maneuver on, a blue sedan pulls up and the officer is unexpectedly killed. because the motor vehicle speeds away, there's just one suspect left behind–Henry. In that second, his idyllic lifestyles turns into a unfastened fall into hell as he turns into the objective of a police manhunt, in addition to being pursued by means of a crafty, unnamed offender bent on a few type of vengeance.
When Henry turns to a detailed pal for aid, and he, too, finally ends up useless, Henry realizes he's being elaborately framed. yet in a chilling twist, the stakes develop even darker, and he's not able to visit the police to transparent his identify, with out bringing on dire and lethal consequences.
With breakneck pacing and nonstop motion, 15 Seconds indicates what can ensue whilst even the simplest lifestyles is grew to become the wrong way up right away. it's also the tale of an blameless guy, framed for homicide, who has to avoid wasting the individual he loves the main, all whereas being drawn nearer and toward an inevitable face-to-face standoff with a guy made up our minds to damage his existence.
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