My first novel, FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE, is being re-issued by Brash Books this month. This the cover blurb…

“The outrageously inventive, exhilarating, sexually-charged thriller from Emmy Award-winning writer Phoef Sutton. 

Carl moved into his childhood home after his parents died. It’s a house filled with fond memories…like when he was a teenager and his girlfriend Jesse would throw pebbles at his window at night to lure him outside for frantic sex. So he thinks he’s dreaming when late one night, he hears those pebbles hitting his window again…and there she is outside, aching for his touch. It’s only as they are ravaging each other again that he realizes it’s too good to be a dream.

It’s her. She’s back as if nothing has changed. But it has. For one thing, it’s been twenty years since high school. And she died three weeks ago.

Is she an impostor? A ghost? Or is the answer even more chilling? It’s just the beginning of a dangerous, unpredictable, and bizarre odyssey for them both…where nothing is what it seems… and every minute counts.”


 I wrote it over a few months, not thinking I’d ever finish it, just obsessed with telling this story.   Some people liked it.


“Phoef Sutton has a wonderful and unique voice. This is a romantic tale, full of suspense and human emotion. It’s also funny in its own special way. Once I started it, I couldn’t stop,” Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

 “The hippest, most original novel of 2013 was written in 1998. But that’s the least of the time-warping pleasures of FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE, an invigoratingly original, hilariously thrilling novel about a woman caught in an endless, fifteen-minute loop of her teenage life, and the hapless TV writer who finds himself trapped with her…desperately trying to save her, and ultimately himself, from a horrific demise.” –Lee Goldberg, author the MONK novels, THE WALK and THE HEIST.

“When the one love you can never forget has forgotten everyone in the world but you it’s both a soaring fantasy and heartbreaking tragedy. FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE explores this completely unique relationship with tenderness, suspense, complexity, and depth.  Treat yourself to a haunting romantic journey you will never forget.”  –Ken Levine, producer of MASH, CHEERS and FRASIER; author of THE ME GENERATION BY ME.

“Part mystery, part adventure, with some of the elements of time travel perfectly blended with just the right amounts of romantic tension and humor, the fast-paced novel by veteran CHEERS writer Sutton is definitely a winner”–Booklist

“FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE is a great read with great characters. Love and death and loss take on a new meaning when a woman’s memory loss becomes her best defense against a killer. Grab a copy! You’ll be glad you did!” –Joel Goldman, author of The Lou Mason, Jack Davis and Alex Stone novels

Now it’s available again. On May 5th. I hope you enjoy it. Amazon

Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton

Published novelist - living in South Pasadena, California with his wife Dawn and his daughters Skylar and Celia.
Phoef Sutton