A Dark and Lonely Place
“Yes,” she whispered fervently in his ear. “We do.”
From Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan, the novel she has always wanted to write: the gripping saga of star-crossed lovers across generations. A century ago, when Indians and alligators roamed frontier Miami, the legendary John Ashley was accused of murder and sentenced to hang. He insiste...more
I am new to Good Reads and this is the first time I have ...more
Keep the word "journalist" firmly in mind if you read this crime-thriller. The author has woven the true story of a pair of star crossed lovers in early Florida with the story of a pair of modern day fictional characters caught up in a parallel ...more
Also on the beach is a model photo shoot, and one of the girls looks familiar to John. He believes he knows her, but he can't ...more
Buchanan has really done her research on the lives and love of John Ashley and Laura Upthegrove, and it shows. These were REAL people, people who became the most notorious, colorful, and compelling figures in Florida’s violent outlaw history. This is their true story of "p ...more
The parallel plot line could have had promise but some elements were really farfetched in spite of being based on a true story (which I had never heard of so can't compare to actual events).
I know we are a nation obsessed with guns, but I think there were more guns in this book than in the entire city I live in. From start to finish every damn person in this book was whipping out a gun and shooting th ...more
What an interesting premise. John Ashley is Florida native in the early 1900's famous for his outlaw, bootlegging ways...all brought about by misunderstanding and vendettas by local law enforcement. The love of his life, Laura, joins him in a life destined for tragedy. But parallel to THAT story is the story of current day police detective John Ashley and the mysterious model, Laura, that he meets but feels he already knows.
Both stories follow much the same plot but with questions regarding how ...more
I think Edna Buchanan is brilliant for thinking of such a concept. Reading it I was totally invested trying to see if history would repeat itself. The story was unpredictable but predictable because of that concept. I love the twists and turns. I love that had mixed feelings about the characters because I found that so interesting. I love suspense so was at the edge of my seat the whole time.
A Dark And Lonely Place gets 4 stars f ...more
I'm sure that the tale of a desperado falsely accused of murder could have been a page turner, but when you're turning those pages and find yourself in modern day Miami police procedural, the effect is jarring. And not enjoyable.
Couldn't get into the story, couldn't come to care about the protagonist(s)--- is the hero supposed to be a reincarnation or blood relative or cosmic twin or what ...more
James Carlos Blake has written the same story in his great book Red Grass River.
Buchanan's treatment is too superficial, although one can tell she is fascinated with her subject as she tries to connect current-day events with a famous Florida crime spree from the turn of the twentieth century.
Good try, but it just doesn't hold up.
The book reflects the similarities between two sets of soul mates who lived in different time periods, which all shared the same names and DNA. The circumstances that determine their choices in life were eerily similar. The second set of soul mates may have a better chance of fulfilling their destiny together than their predecessors.
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 ...more