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The Ice Maiden: A Britt Montero Mystery (Britt Montero Mysteries)by Edna Buchanan
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Kind of Makes You Wonder... Some people will assume that The Ice Maiden is based in part on actual events. Wrong.
Fact: Five young men in a white van abducted a high school couple on a innocent date that ended tragically in rape and murder.
The crime took place in Miami, in April, 2002.
But The Ice Maiden manuscript — in which five young men in a white van abduct a Miami high school couple on an innocent date - was written before the crime. In real life, the young girl died and the boy survived. In the book, the boy is killed and the girl survives to become the title character. Is the similarity purely coincidental? Or something else?
Several reviewers wrote that my 1992 novel "Contents Under Pressure was clearly inspired by the Los Angeles riots which, of course, erupted months after the manuscript was delivered to the publisher.
As "Act of Betrayal, 1996, opens, a bomb blast kills a man on a Miami street. When the scene was written there had been no fatal bombings in Miami for more than seven years.
I won't forget the day a local book seller called to say he had received the first shipment of "Act of Betrayal. That night, before he could open the first box, a bomb blast killed a man on a Miami street. The real life victim was carrying cartons of Chinese food that were scattered by the explosion.
Later in that novel (page 215) a man is found dead, his bullet wounds leaking into the carpet of his Miami hotel room along with the cartons of Chinese food he had been carrying.
In "You Only Die Twice, 2001, a bad man plunges to his death from a high balcony and is impaled on the spear sharp supports of a wrought iron security gate. Shortly before publication datea cat burglar plunged from a high balcony and was killed, impaled on the spear sharp supports of a wrought iron gate.
In my first novel, "Nobody Lives Forever, 1990, a body packer - a drug smuggler who swallows drug filled balloons or condoms - dies when one leaks. Body snatchers make off with the corpse and perform amateur surgery to remove the small fortune in drugs from his gut. My fictional detectives, who must deal with the mess, are furious.
Several months after the book was published the remains of a body packer were found on the fringe of the Everglades. Amateur surgery had been performed to retrieve the small fortune in drugs from his gut. The real live detectives were no happier than their fictional counterparts. One wrote me a terse three word note: "Are you psychic?"
Who knows? Who can say what makes some writers thousands of miles apart suddenly begin to work on similar projects, or what makes me begin to write about events that soon happen?
Fact or fiction? Life imitating art? Or art imitating life? In Miami truth is most often stranger than fiction. Sometimes it seems that Florida, this lush and steamy gun-shaped peninsula, is the "Twilight Zone and Rod Serling is Miami's mayor.
A 14-year-old unsolved crime erupts into new murders as a beautiful young artist, a survivor of that cold case, is again swept into a whirlpool of terror and passion. Can she and Miami reporter Britt Montero survive to solve the mystery?
Fourteen years ago, two teenagers on a Christmas Eve first date were abducted, and only one lived through the ordeal. The lone surviving victim, Sunny Hartley, became a wealthy sculptor, but the reclusive “ice maiden” will not talk about what happened that terrible night. Now a chance encounter in the Miami morgue between reporter Britt Montero and a petty thief, bizarrely electrocuted during the commission of a crime, has placed the still unsolved kidnapping/murder on the front burner of Sgt. Craig Burch's Cold Case Squad. But Britt and Burch are about to discover that the price of justice can be too dear to pay; that when you start turning over rocks, sometimes something truly ugly slithers out.
About the Author
Edna Buchanan knows firsthand that underneath Miami's glistening facade lies a city torn by violence and muddied by corruption, where every moment a crime is waiting to happen. As a Pulitzer Prize-winning crime reporter, Buchanan has exposed the seamier sides of this sun-drenched paradise, then used her more than twenty years of experience to create a dynamic and deadly Miami that vividly comes alive in each of her novels. Especially when the city is seen through the fiercely intense eyes of a tough newspaperwoman named Britt Montero. The author of eleven books, Buchanan has spent time behind bars — with two serial killers. She lives in Miami, Florida.
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