Synopses & Reviews
With the perfect wife, two beautiful daughters and a successful business, Frank Douglas had everything to live for. But someone else had to die first.
If Daniel Alexander had not committed suicide, Frank Douglas would never have lived to see his forty-fifth birthday. Alexander's heart now beats strong and sure in Douglas's chest. The donated organ has given the successful Miami businessman a second chance but it gives him no peace.
Disturbed by nagging feelings of guilt and uncertainty, Frank sets out to discover all he can about the benefactor whose death gave him life. His search leads him to Rory Alexander--Daniel's beautiful, enigmatic wife-and to troubling questions and shocking revelations about the late man's affairs. Why, for example, have the profits from Alexander's seemingly successful business ventures mysteriously vanished? And why is Rory so unshakably certain that her husband was murdered?
A numbers man, Frank Douglas needs to have the figures add up--and that need is drawing him and a seductive, distraught widow across the length of a nation, and deep into something corrupt and twisted and deadly. And suddenly the new life he was granted is in serious peril, threatened by secrets, lies, human savagery and greed. . .and by the true dark nature of the heart that is now pumping the lifeblood through his body.
"Buchanan tells great stories -- hot, horrible, homicidal stories". -- The New York Times Book Review
Edna Buchanan writes electrifying and dangerous novels, and readers and reviewers alike rave over her bestsellers. No one else can combine her intimate knowledge of a city's darkest secrets with the vivid images her words evoke. The Los Angeles Daily News called her "the queen of crime" and the Chicago Tribune trumpeted, "Few writers can touch Buchanan". Now with PULSE she tells the story of a Miami businessman who wakes up from an operation with another man's heart and is inexorably sucked into the mysterious circumstances of the donor's death.
On the verge of death. Frank Douglas is given a second chance at life by a heart transplant. With his benefactor's organ beating strong and strange within him, Douglas is overwhelmed by the need to connect with the donor's family, to repay them for the gift they have bestowed. But contact with the dead man isn't as simple as Douglas had expected. Drawn into a complex mystery surrounding his benefactor's shady dealings and missing fortune, and deep into a disturbing relationship with the widow, Douglas is lost in a web of intrigue that tightens rapidly around the unknown heart that pulses inside him.
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.