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You Only Die Twice

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Intense Thriller Delivers

    In the pantheon of crime solvers, Britt Montero is one of the best. As a crime beat reporter for the Miami News, she’s one of the first on the scene when a beautiful nude woman is discovered on a beach near the city. After several days of fascinating maneuvering, lovingly detailed by author Edna Buchanan, the identity of the body is determined to be that of Kathlin Jordan. The only trouble is, she’s dead these past ten years and her husband, convicted of the murder, has just exhausted his last appeal. So now, Montero, a fully realized character, takes an often puzzling, sometimes frightening, ride through south Florida’s high and low society in an attempt to find out what really happened. Is JR, son of a powerful, wealthy family actually not guilty? In spite of his poisonous personality, was his mother right to defend him almost to the death? And where was Kathlin all these years while JR’s case wound it’s way through the court system. Even more importantly, why has she now literally surfaced at the last minute? This question is especially important because the finding of her body was very much happenstance.. Lying there nude, in the shallow ocean water, had the weather been only a little different, she might have gone out to sea never to be discovered. This novel is carefully and precisely written, with never a misstep. Miami and the many interesting characters really come alive and we are with Britt Montero every step of the way. The language is always consistent with the characters, the times and the situations. None write these stories any better and few do it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    A guy's gal

    I gotta admit right up front; I never read mysteries written by women before I found Edna Buchannan. I know, I know. Call me sexist, but I had a bad experience once with a female author, i.e. all she did was bash guys throughout most of her book. Then I found the Brit Montero series and I was hooked. This book is no exception. For all the guys out there, this lady can write...It remains a fantastic series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001


    Rejoice thriller fans, Britt's back - ace crime reporter Britt Montero, that is, creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter/author Edna Buchanan. The scene is, of course, Miami, where the sun always shines and crime stats. pile high. Britt hears that the body of a once beautiful young woman has just washed up on the beach. Through fingerprints the woman is identified as Kaithlin Jordan, a member of an important department store family. Evidently, Kaithlin once held sway at the family's flagship store, calling the shots and rasing the revenue. There are conundrums, as always - a major one being that Kaithlin has been dead for ten years. In fact, her killer is scheduled to be executed for her murder in one week. Where has the woman been for a decade, what has she been doing and who killed her - twice? Britt needs all her resources to solves this crime that has more twists than a corkscrew. Edna Buchanan is a pro at devising plots that reel readers in. With 'You Only Die Twice' she's hooked us once again.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    thrilling investigative tale

    Miami News police beat reporter Britt Montero is at the scene of the floater when Detective Emery Rychek arrives to take charge of the investigation into the death of Jane Doe. Normally, the local police ignore floaters, but this is not the usual drowning victim so the brass decides to make some discreet inquiries among missing persons, etc. However, bets are off when the Medical Examiner informs Rychek that someone killed the victim. <P> At first, Rychek failed to come up with an identity, but the fingerprints ultimately led to the body being Kaithlin Jordan. The only problem with her being the corpse is that her husbamd Robert, heir to the Department Store, sits on death row for murdering her ten years ago. Though drowned and her corpse impacted by water and sand, the deceased has the look of someone who lived a very good lifestyle. Britt begins investigating more than just who killed Kaithlin and why, but where has she been for a decade while her spouse lingered on death row? <P>YOU ONLY DIE TWICE is a thrilling investigative tale that uses legitimate twists and turns from the onset to keep the audience off balance. The story line hooks the reader early as everyone wants to learn where Kaithlin has been for ten years. As with her previous starring roles Britt remains a fabulous character and the support cast brings Miami to life as only Edna Buchanan can do. <P>Harriet Klausner

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