A young woman asks the Miami Cold Case Squad to look into a 1961 shooting at an estate called Shadows before its demolished. When the detectives go to the abandoned house, they make a chilling discovery in the basement.

Meanwhile, Sam Stone, one of the squad's youngest detectives is elated that the shooting death of his parents is going to be reopened. So, why is his grandmother not happy at the prospect? Sam is also shocked to learn that the investigating police officer, who was the first on the scene of the shooting, was killed in a hit-and-run.

In her followup to last year's Cold Case Squad, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Buchanan has written a fast-moving book. Her style is spare, and she concentrates strictly on the matters at hand, tying together all the subplots. She pays some attention to the characters' personal lives, but generally only when they tie in to the cases.

But she deftly fleshes out their personalities: There's the joker, the sensitive young guy, the older married detective and Lt. Riley, their boss, who has a bit part in this book. (Jun., 272 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Lorraine Gelly