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Cold Case Squad

(2004)
(The first book in the Craig Burch series)
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Buchanan launches a new series with this novel, starring Sergeant Craig Burch of the Miami Police Department's Cold Case Squad. Fans of Buchanan's Britt Montero series may recognize Burch as the cop who helped crime reporter Montero solve a cold case in The Ice Maiden (2002). Although Burch made a superb supporting character, in his first role as the lead, he comes off a bit like a newborn colt on shaky legs. Buchanan has given him the traditional backstory of the homicide cop so haunted by his work that his family life unravels, but he needs considerably more fleshing out if he is going to become a fully formed character. In addition, his first-person narration is wince-producing, a collection of Chandleresque cliches ("Like all things good and bad in the world, it began with a woman") and strained alliterations ("booze, broads, and busted marriages"). Buchanan is on more solid ground with plot and forensic procedure. The ex-wife of a man who was blown to bits while working on his vintage Thunderbird 12 years previously seeks the aid of the Cold Case Squad. The mystery is intensified by the ex-wife's conviction that her deceased husband may still be alive. Despite the missteps, this may yet develop into an intriguing series, and with Buchanan's name on it, it's sure to attract interest. Connie Fletcher
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Hardback Editions

September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 0-7862-6895-6 / 978-0-7862-6895-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 0-7432-5053-2 / 978-0-7432-5053-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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January 2001 : Hardback
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 5558607599 / 978-5558607598
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 1-5011-0029-7 / 978-1-5011-0029-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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May 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 0-7434-7663-8 / 978-0-7434-7663-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Audio Editions

May 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
Publisher: Books on Tape
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July 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): edna buchanan
ISBN: 1-4159-0414-6 / 978-1-4159-0414-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
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2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna buchanan
ISBN: 1-4159-0413-8 / 978-1-4159-0413-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

June 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Cold Case Squad
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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