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U.S. Marshal Michael Venturi of the Witness Protection Program relocates a mobster, now a government witness, to a small rural town after creating a new identity for him. The man proves to be a monster unleashed on an unsuspecting community. The results are tragic. To make amends Venturi leaves the Marshals Service and assembles a team of close confidants to secretly create new identities for innocent men and women whose lives have been ruined through no fault of their own -- people who really deserve fresh starts in new lives. But before they are relocated and reborn, each must change a lifetime of habits and actually become someone else, with new traits, tastes, and personalities.

And before being declared "legally dead" -- they have to die. The result is a combination of Extreme Makeover, Mission Impossible, and CSI -- the last in reverse. In these "deaths," some of them spectacular, phony forensics must be created to fit the "facts" and fool the experts.

His fascinating experiment works -- for a time. But as Venturi continues to relocate the deserving, evil begins to stalk Venturi and his legally dead clients.

Soon one is dead.

Really dead.

Are the relentless killers from his own past, or was one of his clients not so innocent after all? His own loved ones are now targets because of his attempts to atone for a tragedy that haunts him.

In a desperate race to protect those he has relocated, Venturi must call upon his former training in both the U.S. Marines Force Recon and the Marshals Service, as he is hunted by police, prosecutors, ruthless killers, and his own former federal colleagues.

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Used availability for Edna Buchanan's Legally Dead

Hardback Editions

October 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Legally Dead (Thorndike Mystery)
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4104-1065-X / 978-1-4104-1065-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: Legally Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 0-7432-9477-7 / 978-0-7432-9477-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

August 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Legally Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4165-2584-X / 978-1-4165-2584-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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Audio Editions

September 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Legally Dead
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Legally Dead
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
ISBN: 1-4159-5601-4 / 978-1-4159-5601-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

August 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Legally Dead: A Novel
Author(s): Edna Buchanan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA