Alec Graham is sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend Jennie, with whom he was spending the night at the flat of the parents of his friend Brian Stanford. Alec's father, David Graham, a not-so-successful writer and alcoholic who has neglected his son in the past, flies in the day before the planned execution from Canada to visit his son on death row. Alec is resigned to his fate and not amenable to his father's attempts for a final reconciliation. David Graham, convinced of his son's innocence and, despite his preoccupation with himself and his own alcoholism, mounts a last-ditch effort to find the true murderer in the 24 hours remaining until the planned execution. Graham encounters the wealthy and famous car manufacturer Robert Stanford, tyrant at home and in the office and an apparent womanizer, Stanford's young, curiously troubled wife Honor, their ill-at- ease adopted son Brian, himself disturbed by his parents' relationship, and Vicky Harker, a young, brazen ...
IT all started with a scream...
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Opening credits: All characters in the story are fictitious and any similarity with persons alive or dead is purely coincidental. See more
The camera crew is reflected in the door of Clayton's car as it pulls up at the prison with Graham. See more
What did Alec say about me?
I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
Referenced in Contempt