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Cold Case Squad
By Edna Buchanan
Simon and Schuster, 2004
Hardcover, $22.95 (261 pages)
ISBN: 0-7432-5053-2
 
 
 

Miami's Cold Case Squad, the detectives whose time is spent investigating resurrected homicides, is under-funded, under-manned, and likely to be terminated.  

K.C. Riley is doing her best to keep her division afloat. A recent loss has left her feeling as if her vision is clouded. Her detectives -- Craig Burch, Sam Stone, and Pete Nazario -- are as driven as K.C.. They understand that in order to survive as a group and keep their jobs, they need to solve a high profile case. What they don't understand is K.C.'s choice of a twelve-year old explosion. After all, she only has the word of the supposed victim's jilted ex-wife, who thinks she's seeing her ex-husband. 

During the course of the investigation, the three detectives enter the world of strip joints, high society, mobsters, and scam artists. The better their work goes, the more their personal lives suffer. 

Cold Case Squad is the first in a series of mysteries set in Miami and dealing with resurrected cases. Edna Buchanan has created three dimensional characters, surprising plot twists, and genuinely funny comic relief. 

Buchanan has written fourteen books. She commanded the police beat at the Miami Herald for eighteen years, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. She lives in Miami.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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