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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: November 2011 ISBN: 9781611204476
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 2/5/2014

    " The two separate stories were both interesting, but she tried to make them too similar. It was still a very enjoyable book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/12/2014

    " A REALLY hard-to-put-down book. In this novel, the author tells the story of John Ashley and Laura Upthegrove who were considered as outlaws in 1920's Florida. She carries on with fictional descendants who have the same first names and also are faced with legal problems. I fell into the story and felt that I was there and suffered with the characters and enjoyed their good times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid Austin | 1/11/2014

    " I haven't yet finished this book but I can definitely say it's a great story. If you like Bonnie and Clyde, then you'll love John and Laura. It's a moving historical fiction with a present day twist. Edna Buchanan writes writes with an effortless grace that makes this book as entertaining as it is easy to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/10/2014

    " Well, I finished it. Kept asking myself if the time line was correct. Of course, it did not say the current action took place this year. It was okay, not spectacular. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dorinda | 12/17/2013

    " Very disappointing from an author I have always enjoyed in past "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, I liked the true history story and I learned some interesting things about Miami. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 7/6/2013

    " Melodramatic and predicitable. A waste of time. I'm running out of decent audio books to borrow from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 6/25/2013

    " Parallel stories of two lovers in Florida, early 1900's & present day outlaw/cop. Liked the location and time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricki | 4/30/2013

    " This book was a mixture of historical fact and fiction..the factual part was riveting...the fiction left me hot and cold! Ending was definately a letdown! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 4/1/2013

    " Two books in one - historical fiction married with a parallel modern day storyline. Well executed, lots of action and adventure. A departure from Edna Buchanan's usual cast of characters, and billed as the story she always wanted to write, based loosely on real events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnette Phillips | 1/13/2013

    " I just finished Edna's latest "A Dark and Lonely Place"; a wonderful contemporary crime thriller with an historical fiction twist. I gave it 5 stars! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 1/12/2013

    " The Florida history stuff and the descriptions of contemporary Miami were pretty interesting. The whole star crossed lovers thing was - well, not. Snore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoDee | 6/17/2012

    " Mixed bag. Liked the early story, did not like it reproduced almost exactly nearly 100 years later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clif Smith | 4/14/2012

    " An unusual work in that it had two story lines running simultaneously with characters and situations totally similar. It was a fun read even though I was a bit disappointed with the ending. It just didn't seem all that plausible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Monroe | 3/30/2012

    " Very different than most books I like in that there was a lot of history(fictional but history) but I just couldn't put it down and when I did I kept thinking about it. In my opinion that makes for a 5 star book. "

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About the Author
Author Edna Buchanan

Edna Buchanan has covered more crimes than most cops. A Pulitzer Prize–winning Miami Herald police reporter and winner of the prestigious George Polk Career Award, she brings a dynamic and steamy Miami to vivid life in all of her novels. The author of seventeen books and numerous short stories, she lives in Miami, Florida.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.