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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (247 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edna Buchanan Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781415956021
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U.S. Marshal Michael Venturi of the Witness Protection Program relocates a mobster, now a government witness, to a small rural town after creating a new identity for him. The man proves to be a monster unleashed on an unsuspecting community. The results are tragic. To make amends Venturi leaves the Marshals Service and assembles a team of close confidants to secretly create new identities for innocent men and women whose lives have been ruined through no fault of their own - people who deserve fresh starts in new lives. But before they are relocated and reborn, each must change a lifetime of habits and actually become someone else, with new traits, tastes, and personalities. And before being declared "legally dead" - they have to die. In these "deaths," some of them spectacular, phony forensics must be created to fit the "facts" and fool the experts.

Venturi's fascinating experiment works - for a time. But as he continues to relocate the deserving, evil begins to stalk Venturi and his legally dead clients. Soon one is dead. Really dead. Are the relentless killers from his own past, or was one of his clients not so innocent after all? His own loved ones are now targets because of his attempts to atone for a tragedy that haunts him. In a desperate race to protect those he has relocated, Venturi must call upon his former training in both the U.S. Marines Force Recon and the Marshals Service, as he is hunted by police, prosecutors, ruthless killers, and his own former federal colleagues.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emmily | 2/15/2014

    " This is a good mystery with an interesting subject. It's one you won't put down. Be prepared for a surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jose | 2/12/2014

    " This is a first in many ways for me. First time I have read a book by this author. Second it was a book I found in a discount store stuffed in a basket. It was easy to read and flowed well. The two main characters were energizing. This is the first that made my mouth drop with the ending. The only word to describe the ending is BAMM! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grunkie | 2/11/2014

    " great mystery/writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 2/7/2014

    " Witness protection agency puts a child molester that it wants to testify in a trial against a mobster in a small town where 2 young girls end up missing. Michael Venturi takes care of the problem which sends his life in a different direction. A great read that kept me guessing until the very end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 2/4/2014

    " This book was very interestingly crafted so that the main character, Michael Venturi, his buddy Danny Trado, his savvy ex mother in law, and finally Keri, a doctor make up a team that can provide a service for persons wanting to be legally dead with a new profile, perhaps in a foreign country. Michael had been a US Marshal in the WITSEC program, and his young pregnant wife had died in a ferry accident. There are any number of nice persons pursued by baddies, and really crummy characters. It is fast moving and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 1/31/2014

    " Great mystery. I read it in 2 days. If you are looking for something quick and relaxing this fits the bill "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Button | 1/29/2014

    " I love how Edna can carry the action through multiple characters and not slow the pace or lose the story. I listen mostly to her on tape - she's not serious enough for me to actually take the time to read. It is pure entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 1/16/2014

    " After reading this, I won't be surprised if Elvis is spotted at my local Sonic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/16/2014

    " Not my usual thing. Former WITSEC guy, Russian mobsters, vanishing acts. Could barely put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christianne | 12/27/2013

    " Dude, another cliffhanger ending. People are killing me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/11/2013

    " I have never read this author before, but I really liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/19/2013

    " One of my favorite mystery/crime authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 11/14/2013

    " Whew - this book was edge-of-the-chair exhausting and I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie where you are beat just from the activity you're hearing about. Enjoyed the book; compelling to read; had the perfect ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol0411 | 11/14/2013

    " I love Edna Buchanan's Books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Rowland | 10/31/2013

    " Always wonderful Edna. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorie | 7/24/2013

    " Edna Buchanan is a suspense author that I really like. This one was very good and I would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Bumpus | 6/3/2013

    " Book requires some willful suspension of disbelief, but once you do, it's a gripping ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 1/30/2013

    " Quick paced suspense equal to Buchanan's standards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/13/2012

    " Very Good; Marshal who gets tired of providing witness protection for bad guys, quits but then finds a new calling helping good people get a new start by faking their deaths and creating new identities for them - until someone starts finding and killing them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/21/2012

    " enjoyed it thoroughly. I hope to see these characters again in another book- after all, that's what they do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickey Hoffman | 2/24/2012

    " Extremely likeable characters and a plot that zooms along in a direction I didn't expect from the first chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sidney | 7/1/2011

    " I didn't like the subject matter. What more can I say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/6/2011

    " I could not put this book down. It was very suspenseful and Buchanan is good as always! I picked it up at the library expecting a Britt Montero book, but this was just as good if not better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 9/15/2010

    " Great read-should be a movie of the week! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/28/2010

    " I love how Edna can carry the action through multiple characters and not slow the pace or lose the story. I listen mostly to her on tape - she's not serious enough for me to actually take the time to read. It is pure entertainment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/26/2009

    " Very Good; Marshal who gets tired of providing witness protection for bad guys, quits but then finds a new calling helping good people get a new start by faking their deaths and creating new identities for them - until someone starts finding and killing them.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 5/17/2009

    " Great mystery. I read it in 2 days. If you are looking for something quick and relaxing this fits the bill "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 3/27/2009

    " I really enjoy Edna Buchanan's books. This one is about an ex- US Marshall who, with friends, develops his own version of the witness protection program for people who actually deserve it. The conclusion has a great twist and the ending is perfect for the story line! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 2/26/2009

    " One of my favorite mystery/crime authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shauna | 2/2/2009

    " This book was trash. I got through the first 3 chapters and found out this disgusting man was lusting after little girls! Then he kills 2 of them. Um, no thanks, moving on to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christianne | 1/28/2009

    " Dude, another cliffhanger ending. People are killing me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/21/2008

    " Whew - this book was edge-of-the-chair exhausting and I couldn't put it down. It reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie where you are beat just from the activity you're hearing about. Enjoyed the book; compelling to read; had the perfect ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 9/30/2008

    " Probably Edna Buchanan's best book! Great read! "

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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

Mark Deakins is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.