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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her crime reporting, Edna Buchanan now occupies a place of honor in the pantheon of American suspense novelists; a master storyteller whose chillingly inventive plots hold a reader spellboound from the opening word.Frank Douglas has everything to live for. But someone else had to die first.

If Daniel Alexander had not committed suicide, Miam
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 9th 1999 by Avon (first published May 1st 1998)
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Jul 24, 2011 Sana rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
"Frank Douglas has everything to live for. But someone else had to die first." Pulse was the epitome of everything that I crave in a book of my liking; suspense, murder, mystery, bad cop/good cop, a breezy affair, a grave secret and a family turned against the hero. Edna Buchanan is one hell of a good writer, compelling but not too forceful, psychologically correct but yet realistic.

An entertaining read, the story follows Frank Douglas after his heart surgery and the change in habits that is bro
Dec 17, 2016 Kirsten rated it liked it
It was fun and really well written the end was a bit stupid thought, I wanted more from it.
Alyce Rocco
Dec 21, 2014 Alyce Rocco rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Excellent read, Pulse by Edna Buchanan. Buchanan whets a readers curiosity on the first page, holds reader's interest until the last page has been turned. Wish I could figure out how she (and others) do that. I started two other books, put them aside after forty some pages, then picked up Pulse and read long into the night when eyes were getting bleary. The other two novels sound like interesting stories, so that it is the old "not what you say, how you say it" saw. Buchanan knows how to say it. ...more
This is the first Edna Buchanan book I've read, and I have a soft spot for writers/novelists who are journalists, and characters who are involved in the media, being a journalism graduate myself although that was 2 years ago. I got a hardbound bargain in a bookstore and when I saw the cover, I felt compelled to pick it up and buy it, like it wanted to be bought, flipped open, and read. As an avid reader of mystery/suspense/thriller novels, this I couldn't put down. It has unexpected twists and t ...more
Sep 18, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it
A successful man in his 40's receives a heart transplant. He has an amazing recovery and when he returns home to his wife and two daughters decides to 'find' the family of the individual who's heart he received. His wife does not like this idea and thinks it is not the thing to do, but that he should spend the time reacquainting himself with his family (his older daughter, about 18, is seeing a 30 something former teacher and the man does not approve), but he ignores his wife's request. This all ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it it was ok
I listened to this book on CD. I had mixed feelings on this book. Frank Douglas has received a heart transplant and is consumed with a desire to know about the donor. This brings him into touch with the widow and her son and lots of mystery. Where is all the money that her husband pulled from all the accounts? Was it really her husband who died? Was it really suicide, or was it murder?

They mystery is the more interesting part of the story. The characters, on the other hand, are sometimes hard t
Apr 26, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it
I have a nasty habit of never reading the back of a book to see what the story entails. In other words, I often pick bok solely on their cover! Never judge a book, you may say. But honestly it usally works out very well for me. When I picked this up yesterday from Mt. Toobie I thought it was going to be a thriller/horror of types. After finishing it today I would definately place it more in the mystery category. And it only gets a 3 as I hated the ending but will not poil it here.

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Aug 20, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: chicklit
The plot caught my attention. And it started out awesome and I didnt want to put the book down at first. But the end just kinda seemed rushed. **SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER** I didnt really like how the main character can just go back to his life. Without giving away the ending too much, I just didn't agree with the affair part of the story. He didnt have to sleep with Rory. I do not agree with romanticizing affairs. Especially since he has been with his wife for about 20 years. Then just go ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
My aunt checked this book out of the library. In the 5 years, since I have owned an e-reader of some type, I may have read that many hardcover/ paperback books, but she insisted I had to read this one. So I did- in 1 day. Being a volunteer firefighter, the firefighting theme grabbed my attention first, but the characters and the teists and turns held me untili had finished it. A very well written and researched book! I reccomend it to anyone who enjoys suspense. Iwas sorry not to find anymore by ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Tiffeny rated it liked it
I (audio) read my first Edna Buchanan book a couple of weeks ago, loved it, and was dying for another. This one was the only one that my library had that was not part of the Brit Montero series (I want to read those in order now) and was a book-on-tape. I didn't love the direction of this story as much as the last book I read, but it totally held my interest. It kept me guessing through most of the book and it wrapped up well. There was no language, though there was sex and adult content, but no ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Suspense novel - Miami businessman, Frank Douglas, is recovering from a heart transplant. He wants to meet the donor's family and see if there is anything he can do for them. Rory, the donor's widow, finds that her husband has cashed out all assets before committing suicide. As Frank obsessively gets involved, his wife plans to have him committed as incompetent.

Feb 01, 2013 MASH rated it liked it
I am reading this on my Nook. I was expecting one of her murder mysteries so I kept waiting for the body to show up. I have read a few novels that deal with heart transplants. This was ok but not the best one. The main character seemed to think whatever he did (neglect of his wife, extramarital affair) that his wife would forgive him and their marriage would stay intact. Hmmm.
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Buchanan is a talented storyteller and she knows how to build suspense. This is a stand-alone work. Frank Douglas receives a donor heart and is regaining his health when he starts to have odd dreams. When he acts on his compulsion to find and meet the donor's family, his own family life suffers.
Cynthia Mappus
Jul 30, 2012 Cynthia Mappus rated it really liked it
Deception at every turn. A little more sexual than many of Buchanan's books. If you love good, crisp writing and surprises, you'll love Buchanan's books.
Joe O'c
Aug 26, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it
Excellent; receipient of a transplanted heart, a man has visions and seeks out the family of the donor; he comes to believe the man didn't commit suicide.
Jim Lindgren
Aug 12, 2010 Jim Lindgren rated it it was ok
Just could not get into this book. The main character was acting like an ass and I got tired of him.
Oct 20, 2008 Leslie rated it liked it
I love Ms Buchanan's Miami based thrillers and this was no exception. A fast paced page turner. Keeps you guessing until the end.
Jul 17, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
This is about a man who receives a heart transplant and his feelings toward his new health and a mystery about whose heart it was. I really liked it
May 08, 2012 Yara rated it really liked it
Nice book overall. Nothing I really have to say about it; just that the theme of the book is my type.
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Apr 09, 2009 Bobbye rated it liked it
I listened to it on CD and am not sure how it would read.
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Edna Buchanan knew she wanted to be a writer since she was 4 years old. She moved to Florida where she got a job at a small newspaper. Ms. Buchanan became a reporter for the Miami Beach Daily Sun in the late 1960s.

In 1970, she was hired as a general assignment and police-beat reporter at the Miami Herald. In 1973, Ms. Buchanan became a police beat reporter, which coincided with the rise of Miami
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