By Andrew Gross
HarperCollins Publishers, 2012. 324 pgs. Fiction
It only takes moments for our lives to be completely derailed. This is demonstrated tragically in the first few pages of 15 Seconds when a self-medicated young woman kills a mother and her newborn. Months later, in a different state, a seemingly unconnected plastic surgeon is on his way to a tee time with a friend when he is pulled over for running a stop light. This small event triggers a series of situations that force Dr. Henry Steadman to run for his life. Unable to turn to the police for help, Henry must figure out why he is being targeted and how to prove his own innocence.
15 Seconds is a fast paced thriller with enough twists and turns to keep readers riveted from start to finish. Gross does manage to include a few deeper issues into the story. Questions of cause and effect, ultimate accountability, and who the real victims are in a society of blame and permissiveness.