A Dark and Lonely Place-Edna Buchanan

A Dark and Lonely Place

Edna Buchanan

Simon & Schuster, Nov 8 2011, $26.00

ISBN 9781439159170

 

In 1904 West Florida, Joe Ashley comes home late informing his wife Leugenia that they and their nine kids must leave immediately as a man was shot and he will be accused.  His son John grabs his guitar and banjo before running to see his girlfriend Laura Upthegrove to say goodbye for now.  However, John is falsely accused of murder and with Laura at his side flees with much of the state’s law enforcement in pursuit.

 

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.

 

Harriet Klausner

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