Richard North Patterson
International Bestselling Author
Play - At a fund-raising concert, while his girlfriend, rock n' roll star Stacy Tarrany, is performing, ambitious U.S. Senator James Kilcannon is shot dead, point blank.
Stop - Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord defends the assassin, Vietnam vet Harry Carson, in a televised trial, the media event of the year.
Rewind - At their posh country club, the wife of conservative media magnate Colby Parnell is taken hostage - and joins Stacy Tarrant's manager in the violent grip of a man called Phoenix.
Fast Forward - Now, on every TV set in America, dazed viewers are forced to joing the most bizarre audience participation scheme ever devised - or the hostages will die on the air.