In her seventh outing for Miami crime reporter Britt Montero, Edna Buchanan (herself an erstwhile journalist for The Miami Herald
) serves up a nice twist on a standard plot. The body of a beautiful naked woman floats in on the tide practically at Britt's feet, and it turns out to be that of a woman supposedly murdered a decade before by her wealthy husband. Most of the action focuses on freeing R.J. Jordan, the convicted killer, from his cell on death row. R.J., a handsome but decidedly unpleasant guy who maintained his innocence all along, isn't the slightest bit interested in apprehending his wife's killer. He's just happy her body turned up before he died for her murder. But Britt wants to know where Lily Jordan's been for the last 10 years, and why she came back to Miami just days before her husband was due to die.
To Britt's surprise, her own mother has an important clue, although it's all Britt can do to pry it out of her. Not only did the elegant, socially well- connected Montero matriarch know the victim, she even mentored Lily as she rose through the executive ranks of the Jordan family business. The new explications of the complicated relationship between Britt and her mother is a plus for fans of this bestselling series, who appreciate Buchanan's deft characterizations as well as her love for the city she has called home all her (and Britt's) life. As an extra fillip, there's Britt's growing relationship with the investigator who helped put R.J. away 10 years ago, a nice counterpoint to this ingenious updating of Double Indemnity. Buchanan's pacing is dead-on, as she stays one step ahead of even the most discerning reader right up to the explosive conclusion. --Jane Adams
From Publishers Weekly
When the body of a beautiful woman is found floating offshore, seaweed in her hair, veteran Miami News police-beat reporter Britt Montero gets the call in an engrossing who-was-it that soon becomes an equally intriguing whodunit. Britt senses a good story in the making, and when the body remains unclaimed and foul play is established, she is sure of it. A fingerprint check identifies the well-cared-for mermaid as Kaithlin Jordan of the prominent department store family. One problem: she's been dead for 10 years, and her husband is scheduled to be executed for her murder. Kaithlin flourished at the family's flagship store and was rumored to be the brains of the outfit. Britt's mother, a longtime employee, trained her, but avoids queries about the young woman. Once again Britt enlists staff photographer Lottie Dane and cigar-chomping police detective Emery Rychek, along with News librarian Onnie and the rest of her support network, to uncover the woman's past. Drawing on her own rich experience as a Miami reporter, Buchanan (Pulse) charts Britt's determined pursuit of the truth. The reader is along every step of the way, even if things go a bit over the top as the outwardly tough Britt continually struggles to balance the problems of daily life and possible romance with the horrors she encounters in the all-consuming job she loves. Agent, Michael Congdon.
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From Library Journal
Ah, breathtaking sunsets, warm sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and a floating corpse off Miami Beach. All of these things make for another tremendously entertaining Britt Montero mystery. The floating corpse turns out to be socialite Kaithlin Jordan; her husband, R.J., is currently sitting on death row for "murdering" her ten years ago. Where has she been all these years? Who really murdered her this time and why? Britt, as usual, is hot on the trail of this mysterious story, involving herself with the usual suspects and getting into lots of hot water (and real danger) while pursuing the killer and a front-page byline. The real fun of this action-packed series revolves around Britt herself, a realistic character with insatiable curiosity and a mother, a landlady, pets, lovers, and her numerous Miami News sidekicks. Buchanan's latest offering after Garden of Evil (LJ 11/1/99) won't disappoint. Highly recommended.- Rebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Kaithlin Jordan washes up dead on a Miami beach. Just another tourist turned murder victim? Not quite. Jordan was presumed dead 10 years earlier, and her husband, millionaire businessman R. J., was convicted of the crime, although the body was never found. One problem: the body found on the beach hasn't been floating in the ocean for a decade. Miami reporter Britt Montero, who found the body, grabs on to the exclusive story; her first interview is with the now-exonerated R. J., who is as arrogant and loutish as he was portrayed in the original murder trial. As Britt pieces together the events of a decade past, she follows Kaithlin's activities in the years when she was supposed to be dead. The seventh Britt Montero mystery is a fascinating amalgam of red herrings, misdirection, and guilt by personality. Buchanan, who's won a Pulitzer Prize for her crime reporting and has been nominated for two Edgar awards, continues to flesh out her heroine's personal life--meddling Mom and a succession of Mr. Wrongs--while presenting intricate mysteries that reflect current social issues. In this case, it's the fallibility of our well-intentioned justice system and the possible execution of the innocent. An intelligent, thoroughly entertaining crime novel. Wes LukowskyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"A supremely expert yarnspinner." -- -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Buchanan tells great stories -- hot, horrible, homicidal stories." -- -- New York Times Book Review
"Few writers can touch Buchanan." -- -- Chicago Tribune
"I doubt if anyone else is doing it any better." -- -- Washinton Post Book World
"If you like crime, you'll love Buchanan." -- -- Tampa Tribune
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About the Author
Edna Buchanan knows firsthand that underneath Miami's glistening facade lies a city torn by violence and muddied by corruption, where every moment a crime is waiting to happen.As a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter, Buchanan has exposed the seamier sides of this sun-drenched paradise, then used her more than twenty years of experience to create a dynamic and deadly Miami that vividly comes alive in each of her novels.Especially when the city is seen through the fiercely intense eyes of a tough newspaperwoman named Britt Montero.The author of eleven books, Buchanan has spent time behind bars -- with two serial killers.She lives in Miami, Florida.
When the body of a beautiful young woman washes ashore on a pristine beach in Miami, reporter Britt Montero smells a hot story. Little does she know it will turn into a blockbuster. The victim had already died--10 years before! Her husband, who was convicted of her murder, has just exhausted all appeals and is just weeks from execution. Reader Anna Fields does a splendid job leading listeners through the twists and turns of this great story. Her smooth, expressive style adds credibility to Buchanan's diverse characters. Fields's comfort and confidence energize the listener's imagination. This is another fine example of audio making a good book even better. T.J.M. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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