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A Dark and Lonely Place: A Novel Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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"Edna Buchanan’s A Dark and Lonely Place is an action-packed South Florida love story that blends fact and fiction, past and present, and ultimately transcends time."
--Sherryl Woods, bestselling author of An O’Brien Family Christmas
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While the book has element of crime fiction at the surface, it's really more of a dark love story than anything else. I rolled my eyes at the "destiny at first sight" elements of the book, and the whole romance component just wasn't for me. Throw in more history than tension, and the book was just not satisfying for me. Frankly, it almost felt like Buchanan threw in the modern-day stuff in an attempt to appease readers, her heart clearly was in the historical telling of John Ashley's tale.
I can see readers enjoying this book if they weren't hoping for a typical (wonderful) Edna Buchanan book, but I think fans of her Britt Montero series need to consider if they like history and/or romance enough to enjoy this book for what it is. I don't, and I didn't.
When the homicide case goes bad, Ashley is falsely accused of murder. He and Laura go on the run in a repeat of history as they try to prove his innocence, only to realize that the very people who are supposed to help may, in fact, be the ones who want him out of the way.
This is the first book I've ready by this author and I finished it in one day. It started out slow for me but the suspense built as the story progressed and by the end I was figuratively on the edge of my seat, wondering if the modern-day John and Laura would meet with the same fate as their namesakes a century earlier.
There are lots of characters, but the author does a good job working them all into the story without overwhelming the reader with names and relationships. While mostly a suspense novel, it also has elements of history and romance which makes it all the more interesting. I look forward to reading more titles by this author.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
In 2011 Miami Beach, homicide detective John Ashley leads the investigation into the high profile murder of politically connected Indian lawyer Ron Jon Eagle. However, he is stunned when he notices a model Summer Smith at a photo shoot who looks identical to the woman who has haunted his dreams for years; though he has never mentioned his fantasy female to his fiancé cop Tracy Dominguez. He also believes she sort of recognized him too by her reaction. John catches up with his model, but soon is accused of murder and forced on the lam with Laura (Summer's real name) at his side while many of the state's law enforcement pursue.
This is an exhilarating thriller as the premise to A Dark and Lonely Place is history repeats the ugly scenarios because humanity fails to truly understand the lessons instead preferring to forget. The two subplots are fascinating with the historical segue based on a real Sunshine State Bonnie and Clyde. Although at times the contemporary plot seems stretched to make it appear identical to what happened to the first John and Laura, readers will enjoy Edna Buchanan's taut thriller.
There is a parallel plot, in which one of John's descendants, a 21st century detective, falls in love with a witness, Laura Grove (get it?), and falls afoul of the law he is pledged to uphold. Both Johns and Lauras suffer similar fates. Is destiny imprinted upon our DNA? Can we escape the patterns of the past? Not according to Buchanan, but never fear. There's always a good excuse for embracing criminal activity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too long. Could have been hundred pages shorter and still delivered the whole story. Not a good ending.Published 11 months ago by bud
great as always. Edna Buchanan's work is consistently good. Condition of the book was like new.Published 12 months ago by sherri
I loved the play between modern day & early Florida - relatives who were repeating history. It's a great mystery, a great story, well researched.Published on April 29, 2014 by Judith Russell
Not at all what I expect from Edna Buchanan, whose books usually move along quickly blending crime and the complexities of life in Miami. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Debbi Nichols
Sorry, I purchased this book without reading the reviews. I have read Edna Buchanan and love her books so when this one came out I just assumed it was the same genre, but I was... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Lee Ann
Awesome. She never lets me down! Her characters are real and the plots are believable. I have recommended her to my friends.Published on July 25, 2013 by salemspunk
Oh this is a DARK book and well titled. I read it in one evening, just didn't want to put it down....Published on May 28, 2013 by Sue