Buchanan, Edna

Edna Buchanan Britt Montero Series
Contents Under Pressure Contents Under Pressure (1992)
From Publishers Weekly
A Miami crime reporter investigates excessive police violence in Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Buchanan's closely observed and compelling series launch.
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Miami, It's Murder Miami, It's Murder (1993)
From Publishers Weekly
With this third fictional effort (the second in a series), noted crime journalist Buchanan ( Contents Under Pressure ) liberates her central character from the up-to-now overwhelming presence of her Miami setting. Cuban-born Britt Montero, like her creator, covers the Miami police beat for the local paper, usually keeping one step ahead of the cops, and one step closer to danger. In this twin-plotted tale, Britt investigates a series of increasingly violent rapes and a selection of recent Miami murders, all involving old unsolved police cases. The rapist, who likes to powder his victims, writes to Britt and claims voodoo powers; and a retired, terminally ill cop pal of hers determines to bring to justice a powerful politician whom he is sure is guilty of the murder of a child many years before. Although the identity of one villain is easily guessed and other crimes are solved abruptly, Buchanan's assured, compressed prose deftly balances the chemistry that exists between Montero and Miami. With this novel, Buchanan delivers crime fiction that matches the high level of her Pulitzer prize-winning crime reporting. Literary Guild selection.
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Suitable for Framing Suitable for Framing (1995)
From Booklist
The award-winning Miami crime reporter returns with her third novel featuring fictional Miami crime reporter Britt Montero. Car theft is rampant in Miami, but one gang is especially notable. The leader drags drivers from their cars and shoots them in the leg: no reason, just mean. Assault turns to homicide when the gang, in midescape, kills a young mom. The story is assigned to Britt, of course, and she tracks down a frightened young man who apparently was a passenger in the getaway car but had no role in the killing or the shootings. While trying to help the young man come forward, Britt befriends a eager reporter, Trish Ainsley. The friendship turns to rivalry when Britt learns Trish has been co-opting her sources and lying to her. As Trish gains notoriety, Britt's complaints sound more and more like sour grapes. The situation becomes deadly when Britt and her potential witness in the car-theft killing are caught in a police cross fire that Trish may have arranged. When Trish is found dead, Britt looks good for the killing. It takes all her reportorial skills and the help of some friends to clear her name, nab the car thieves, and discover the truth behind Trish's lies. Busy, busy plot but Buchanan's streamlined prose and genuine affection for Miami's weirdness make it a quick and entertaining read. Wes Lukowsky
Act of Betrayal Act of Betrayal (1996)
From Library Journal
Britt Montero, crime reporter for a Miami newspaper, is drawn into a web of intrigue and murder when she reports the story of a missing boy. Her story uncovers a series of disappearances of young boys so similar in physical appearance that they could be brothers: tall, slender, fair-haired, and blue-eyed. All vanished without a trace. Against the backdrop of an impending killer storm, Britt investigates the disappearances and inadvertently discovers the existence of a diary written by her father, who was executed in a Cuban jail when she was a child. The diary reportedly names the traitor responsible for her father's death. She soon discovers that anyone who comes to possess the diary is marked for death. As her investigation into the abductions of the boys heats up and she tries to locate her father's diary, the most destructive hurricane in decades heads for the South Florida coast. During a chilling confrontation, the storm hits, shattering lives and revealing long-kept secrets. Buchanan's (Miami, It's Murder, Audio Reviews, LJ 10/15/91) fast-paced story is a real spellbinder. Sandra Burr narrates competently. Highly recommended for mystery collections.?Germaine C. Linkins, SUNY at Potsdam
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Margin of Error Margin of Error (1997)
From Library Journal
In Miami to shoot a movie about a crime reporter, a sexy Hollywood leading man consults series star?and crime reporter?Britt Montero. The pair soon find themselves stalked by a murderer. A necessary purchase.
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Garden of Evil Garden of Evil (1999)
From Library Journal
After taking a break with Pulse, Miami crime reporter Britt Montero is back and she's hotter than ever! As usual, Britt is in the thick of things, sweltering during a Miami heatwave and chasing the usual suspects. But her most interesting assignment is about a mysterious woman who kills a sheriff in north Florida and then weaves a southerly track downstate toward Miami, leaving a trail of corpses in her wake. Each is found with his pants downAhis genitals mutilated, shot with Black Talon bullets, and graced with traces of lipstick. She becomes the "Kiss-Me Killer." Britt's coverage of the murders attracts the attention of the killer, who contacts Britt and draws her into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that could cost Britt her life. The usual cast of interesting side-kicks add to the fun. Britt's many fans will welcome this fresh installment in the series. Recommended for public libraries.
-ARebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN
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You Only Die Twice You Only Die Twice (2001)
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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The Ice Maiden The Ice Maiden (2002)
From Publishers Weekly
Buchanan's alter ego, Miami crime reporter Britt Montero, returns as the protagonist of an eighth fast-paced detective thriller (after You Only Die Twice). The Miami police's cold case squad (which investigates long-unsolved crimes) catches a break when an electrocuted burglar proves to be a vital link in solving a 14-year-old murder. Two affluent teenagers on their first date were abducted, assaulted, shot and left for dead. Despite a massive reward and a multi-state manhunt, the police were never able to find the attackers. The girl, Sunny, survived and has become a reclusive sculptress unwilling to revisit the past. But the reopening of the case attracts the attention of some who are willing to kill again, and Sunny finds herself pulled back in. As always, Buchanan packs her tale with fascinating secondary story lines, including a baby trapped in a well, a friend involved in domestic violence and Britt's on-again/off-again romance with detective Kendall McDonald. The somber shadow of September 11 hangs in the air throughout (Britt is plagued by nightmares; McDonald volunteers at Ground Zero). In addition to clever plotting, Buchanan's strong suit is once again her empathy: she always focuses on the devastated family and friends who survive each murder victim. Few will guess the final triple-twist ending of this exceptionally dark and moving entry in a series that never fails to please.achievement in journalism-in addition to an earlier Pulitzer Prize for crime reporting.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Love Kills
Love Kills (2007)
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. After eight Britt Montero novels and two Cold Case Squad novels, Edgar-finalist Buchanan (Miami, It's Murder) brings Britt and the Cold Case Squad together in this first-rate mystery-thriller. When Miami police discover the remains of Spencer York, a kidnapper who worked for divorced fathers, members of the Cold Case Squad question veteran Miami News crime reporter Britt Montero, the last person to see him alive. Britt, who's mourning the death of her fiancé, finds a disposable camera in the ocean with pictures of a honeymooning couple lost at sea. The groom in the photo, Marsh Holt, later turns up alive, but his bride had drowned. Britt's no-holds-barred investigative journalism leads her to an amazing discovery—Marsh has a habit of marrying women who meet their demise while honeymooning. Through an intricate web of twists and turns, Britt discovers that Marsh plans to marry once again. While the resolution of York's murder comes as a real surprise, it's Britt's riveting quest for Marsh that provides the roller-coaster thrills. (June)
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Craig Burch Series
Cold Case Squad Cold Case Squad (2004)
From Booklist
Buchanan launches a new series with this novel, starring Sergeant Craig Burch of the Miami Police Department's Cold Case Squad. Fans of Buchanan's Britt Montero series may recognize Burch as the cop who helped crime reporter Montero solve a cold case in The Ice Maiden (2002). Although Burch made a superb supporting character, in his first role as the lead, he comes off a bit like a newborn colt on shaky legs. Buchanan has given him the traditional backstory of the homicide cop so haunted by his work that his family life unravels, but he needs considerably more fleshing out if he is going to become a fully formed character. In addition, his first-person narration is wince-producing, a collection of Chandleresque cliches ("Like all things good and bad in the world, it began with a woman") and strained alliterations ("booze, broads, and busted marriages"). Buchanan is on more solid ground with plot and forensic procedure. The ex-wife of a man who was blown to bits while working on his vintage Thunderbird 12 years previously seeks the aid of the Cold Case Squad. The mystery is intensified by the ex-wife's conviction that her deceased husband may still be alive. Despite the missteps, this may yet develop into an intriguing series, and with Buchanan's name on it, it's sure to attract interest. Connie Fletcher
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Shadows Shadows (2005)
From Booklist
Buchanan returns to the Miami specialized police unit she premiered in last year's Cold Case Squad. She returns also to the cop humor and interjected war stories that she has been known for since her newspaper days. (Sometimes, though, her set-pieces, delivered as monologues in too perfect a style, with no interruptions by the listeners, seem unrealistic.) On the second time around for the Cold Case detectives, a woman seeking to preserve Shadows, a historic Miami mansion, tells the detectives that the 1961 murder of the then-owner of the property, a former mayor of Miami, will never be solved if the manse is bulldozed. The cops agree to search the house, one o Sf the few South Florida houses with a basement, and, in a winningly chilling scene, find a cache of mummified human infants. This horrific discovery leads from a cold case to an ongoing one. Fast, funny, and shocking--all the characteristics of vintage Buchanan. Connie Fletcher
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Michael Venturi Series
Legally Dead Legally Dead (2008)
From Publishers Weekly
In this explosive first in a new suspense series from Edgar-finalist Buchanan, Michael Venturi, a deputy U.S. marshal involved in running the Federal Witness Protection Program,
realizes a mobster he's in charge of, Gino Salvi, has been sexually assaulting and killing young girls in Flemington, N.H., where Salvi is hiding out. Fired by the Feds after Salvi takes part in an armored car robbery, Venturi and an old dog he's adopted head for Florida, where he and some trusted allies set upa private agency for staging fake deaths and fashioning new identities. While some of Venturi's clients appear to need a good lawyer rather than a faked death and new identity, Buchanan constructs some ingeniously clever scenarios for rendering these people legally dead. An expert at ratcheting up suspense

and creating believable, flawed characters, Buchanan (Love Kills andeight other Britt Montero novels) gets thisnew series off to a powerhouse start. (Aug.)
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Novels
Nobody Lives Forever Nobody Lives Forever (1990)
From Publishers Weekly
Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter, columnist for the Miami Herald and author of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face , Buchanan displays deft story tell ing skill in this hard-hitting police procedural, her first novel. Spanning a month of Miami days and nights, the plot centers around homicide sergeant Rick Barrish, a poised and handsome young cop who has recently ended a romance with fellow officer Mary Ellen Dustin and taken up with young Laurel Trevelyn. After describing a series of seemingly unrelated crimes that occur on the first night of the full moon, Buchanan clues readers into Laurel's multiple personality disorder, a secret that will ultimately tie together the assorted subplots here. Murders calculated and unprovoked; drug busts; robberies; the tensions between cops and criminals, rich and poor; and matters of love and hate all play out in Miami's mean, middle-class or manicured neighborhoods. As Laurel's various selves wage an accelerating war for control, wreaking havoc and tragedy for Rick, Mary Ellen and their other partner, Detective Jim Ransom, Buchanan conjures up a city both ordinary and exotic, and as vivid and colorful as her characters.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Pulse Pulse (1998)
From Booklist
Frank Douglas likes making deals, accumulating wealth, and consolidating power. He drives himself until his heart fails, and he must undergo a transplant. He has a new chance at life and vows it will be different--he will spend more time with Kathleen and the girls. Then Frank finds out that his donor had committed suicide, and he sets out to help the donor's family; however, the widow, Rory, is convinced her husband, Daniel, was murdered. Frank teams with Rory to find out what really happened to Daniel. Buchanan, the Pulitzer Prize^-winning Miami journalist and author of the very popular Britt Montero mystery series, knows crime, criminals, and their victims very well. In addition, what she is exhibiting here (as well as in the last two Montero novels) is a deep understanding of human motivation. Frank Douglas is awestruck by his second chance at life and desperately wants to reinvent himself as the all-American family man. He's also confused and frustrated by his inability to change. He's as driven as ever; all he can hope to do is to understand himself. It's a difficult internal journey, and it takes a writer with Buchanan's skill to portray it accurately and empathetically. Wes Lukowsky






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