Florida Governor Howell signs the death warrant that legally allows the state to execute John William Otis in three weeks for the vicious killings of his stepparents. When she hears the news, radio talk show host Carey Justice, a member of the prosecution team during the Otis trial five years ago, feels justice was never served. She knows Otis was convicted because no one substantiated his alibi and the murders duplicated the killing of his biological father that John committed as a child.
Unable to live with herself, Carey turns to her former lover, St. Petersburg police detective, Seamus Rourke to help her find out the truth. Since the Otis case, which ended their relationship, Seamus has lived his life through his work and listening to Carey on the radio every night. He needs her assistance on a legal matter and reluctantly agrees to do some tentative inquiries. However, as the duo renews their love for each other, the clock ticks away for John William Otis.
Best selling author Rachel Lee is renowned for her wonderful Conard County romances and her take no prisoners intrigue tales. Her latest release, BEFORE I SLEEP, may be Ms. Lee's best novel to date. The time line plot moves extremely fast as the lead protagonists struggle with each other and the mounting evidence that the death row convict is innocent. Emotions from the lead players are extremely raw, especially when countered against the calm acceptance of Mr. Otis. Underlying the moving tale is Ms. Lee's condemnation of the futility behind the death penalty, which exposes its inherent weakness of being a final solution. Fans of romantic intrigue will be CAUGHT by this novel that provides immense pleasure.