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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edna Buchanan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Ashley and Laura Upthegrove became the most notorious, colorful, and compelling figures in Florida’s violent outlaw history. This is their true story of prison breaks, bootlegging, bank robberies, and piracy on the high seas. Their sensual and dreamy saga of love, passion, and violence is juxtaposed with the taut and suspenseful story of their fictional descendants who share the same love and dangers a hundred years later. In today’s Miami, Homicide Sergeant John Ashley investigates a millionaire’s spectacular murder and instantly recognizes a stunning model linked to the case as the girl who has haunted his dreams since childhood. Her name is Laura, and the lightning-fast attraction is supernaturally mutual.

The homicide case goes bad, Ashley is falsely accused of murder, and the new lovers go on the run as history repeats itself. The question is, how powerful is the past? Do the present day renegades stand a chance? Does anyone? Can any of us with the outlaw patterns of violence and tragedy imprinted in our DNA ever break the cycle? Can we change our own destiny? Or must the end always be the same for dangerous people in dangerous times?

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  • “An ambitious, inventive saga…Nonstop action and romance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 2/15/2014

    " Riveting read. She combines a story of Miami in the early 1900's and parallels that with a story from 2011. The main characters are John Ashley and Laura: in both stories. The John Ashley from early 1900's was a real person and the story depth is fascinating and tragic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Clover White | 2/13/2014

    " I actually didn't finish this book. While I enjoy Buchanan's storytelling abilities, I didn't really connect with the characters. When a mother tells her lover that if it's a choice between being with him or being with her two kids, she chooses him, I lost interest. Like other Buchanan books, though, the setting was one of the best characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nikki | 2/9/2014

    " I love, love, love, Edna Buchanan's writing. I drink up her Britt Montero stories. But this book, not so much. I still liked it and found her research and story telling compelling. I am intrigued with her weaving two story lines with characters from the past and again in the present and liked seeing the character interactions. But, I found the transitions between the two time frames unevenly done, such that I found myself losing interest in the 'present time frame' story line. Still, a good book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlene | 2/7/2014

    " I would say this is more an "almost 3" -- there were 2 distinct stories in this novel and sometimes they didn't connect together very well. Main story, which the author says has been her research interest for many years,is based on the life of outlaw John Ashley, a bootlegger who was drawn into bank robberies and murder to keep the bootlegging operation going. A very colorful character sympathetically described by Buchanan, he lives by the old "Cracker code" of honor. One forgets what a frontier south Florida was in the early 1900s, when Miami was still a small town, and the railroads and draining of the Everglades were just starting. Laura Upthegrove left her husband and children to become his lover & partner in crime, the "Queen of the Glades". The second story is set in modern Miami, with their descendants as a police officer wrongly accused of murder and the beautiful witness he is protecting. This is the weaker story, making up about a third of the book, and I read ahead to finish the story of John and Laura before coming back to the modern in the moment Miami. Buchanan, a longtime police reporter, describes modern Miami very well, even managing humor in dark scenes and I may try some of her other novels. "

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