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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edna Buchanan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN:
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The Shadows is a historic 1920s house that inspires preservationists' dreams, and developers' schemes. Built during Prohibition by a notorious rumrummer who vanished at sea, it was inherited by his son, a local athlete and war hero who lived down his father's wild reputation. He served a successful term as Miami mayor and raised his four young children at the Shadows, until a shotgun ambush on a hot summer night forty-four years ago. His murder was never solved. Since then, only secrets and whispers have inhabited the Shadows.

Now, a resourceful young preservationist approaches the Miami Police Department's Cold Case Squad to help block a developer's plan to bulldoze the Shadows and build high-rise towers. The detectives visit the long-abandoned pioneer house, now surrounded by a wild and overgrown subtropical forest. They discover the rumrunner's secret limestone cellar, a tunnel to Biscayne Bay, and seven small, heartbreaking new mysteries: a lost generation.

Cold Case Squad Lt. K. C. Riley and her detectives seek out the murdered man's widow and children for answers. All are evasive and paranoid, haunted by lies, guilt, and tangled pasts that each recalls differently. Ultimately the squad finds that the killer is still out there, and the old, cold case is hotter than ever.

In another dazzling example of Edna Buchanan's masterful weaving of stories and histories, Cold Case Squad Detective Sam Stone uncovers a still violent and long-hidden connection between his parents' murders when he was a child and their summer as civil rights workers in Mississippi more than thirty years ago.

Life would be simple, Buchanan writes, if people told the truth. But for those who live among the shadows, the truth is never simple. Shadows is Edna Buchanan's most suspenseful novel.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Sue | 1/13/2014

    " This is set in one of my favorite cities, hot, quirky Miami. A police cold case squad works on two cases one involving a famous/infamous person and the other the parent of a squad memeber. Both cases held my interest and had plausible but unexpected conclusions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deidre | 1/8/2014

    " Good writing - I prefer the Britt Montero series but Buchanan is a crisp writer no matter what "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/5/2014

    " Not enough character development but kept you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffeny | 6/14/2011

    " A solid 4 stars. Shadows is probably my favorite of the Edna Buchanan books I've read so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 1/16/2011

    " Another book I randomly picked off the mystery shelf at the local library. Overall a good mystery with a few twists and turns. This book is one in a series of books on cold cases that take place in Florida. I haven't read any others in the series, but would be willing to read more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/3/2010

    " A cold case mystery that begins when a developer wants to raze an historic estate in Florida and a preservationist attempts to stop him. Upon touring the old house, a discovery in the basement puts the building project on hold indefinitely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 9/7/2009

    " Read this a week ago and it left little impression on me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Button | 2/4/2009

    " I liked this one for it's attempt to place some of the story in a different time. I like the way Edna runs sub-plots throughout that are easy to keep track of and keep the action at a quick pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 6/15/2008

    " Really liked this book, couldn't put it down at one stage and will definitely be reading more of hers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara B. | 12/3/2007

    " Normally, Edna Buchanan follows her character---Britt Montero---a Miami news reporter. But this one is #2 in a series with the Miami Police Dept. and the cold case division. A fast, enjoyable, good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 judy | 8/24/2007

    " Not her best but ok for summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 4/1/2007

    " easy beach read .... nothing that you have to think about :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/24/2006

    " Very Good; Continuing characters: Cold Case Squad; team works two cases, the murder of a socialite who had the bodies of seven mummified babies in the cellar, and the death of parents of one of the squad members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 1/15/2006

    " Part of her series on cold cases. This one was fascinating and quick moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 9/1/2005

    " Schmaltzy. Weak and shallow characters. Not the worst book I've ever read, but at least I didn't feel like stabbing my eyes out after I finished it. "

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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 numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.