The Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat

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Simon and Schuster, May 25, 2004 - True Crime - 448 pages
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EDNA BUCHANAN'S MASTERPIECE...TALES THAT ARE AS HOT AS THE MIAMI STREETS SHE COVERED!

For eighteen years, Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchanan had one of the most exciting, frightening, and heartbreaking jobs a newspaperwoman could have -- working the police beat for the Miami Herald. Having covered more crimes than most cops, Buchanan garnered a reputation as a savvy, gritty writer with a unique point of view and inimitable style. Updated from its original publication, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face is her classic of street reportage. From cold-blooded murder, to violence in the heat of passion, to the everyday insanity of the city streets, Edna Buchanan reveals it all in her own trademark blend of compassionate reporting, hard-nosed investigation, and wry humor that has made her a legend in the world of journalism.

 

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HOW'S THAT PILLOWCASE RAPIST CASE GOIN'.EDNA?!OHHHHHH-I SEE,SAID THE BLIND MAN--NEVER EXISTED! AND YET-YOU SPENT NEARLY A WHOLE CHAPTER IN THAT GOD-FORSAKEN PULITZER PRIZE-HOPEFUL BOOK RANTING LIKE NANCY GRACE WITH THE CROSS OF JESUS GOING ON BEFORE HER-"ON-WARD, CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS--"! DID YOU EVER THINK( AND I KNOW THIS SOUNDS REALLY SICK AND INSANE),( BUT I HAVE NO OTHER EXPLANATION FOR THIS-REALLY!) I HAD NO STALKING OR COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR FOR OR AGAINST YOUR FRIEND, CHRISTINE-NONE! NEVER MET HER FACE TO FACE-DIDN'T WANT TO. ASK YOUR FRIEND "SPIFFY" WHAT HIS TRUE FEELINGS WERE ABOUT HER OTHER THEN FAKING BEING OVERLY PROTECTIVE---THERE-MAY LIE THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE TO THE QUESTION! WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW-IN DETAIL-BECAUSE THE DOCTORS DID NOT KNOW IN DETAIL UNTIL RECENTLY---MY DNA IS SO JUMBLED AND COMPLEX-IT IS TOTALLY LETHAL-AND QUITE DESTROYING ME TOTALLY. ALIENS CANNOT EXIST IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, EAT THESE FOODS, AND HOPE "TO LIVE LONG AND PROSPER"! FOR ALL YOUR WORRY ABOUT WHO AND WHAT I REALLY LOOKED LIKE-THE RESULTS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE LETHAL. INDEED-THAT IS WHY I SARCASTICALLY CHIDE YOU ABOUT THE QUALITY OF 7-11 FOODS---FOR ME, IT I-S LETHAL! NO CRIMES HERE,EDNA-EXCEPT-YOU MET UP WITH ALIEN LIFE-AND JUST COULDN'T QUITE WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND THE FACT THAT EARTH DOES NOT JUST PLAY HOST TO HUMAN BEINGS ALONE-MOTEL 6 LEAVES THE LITTLE LIGHT ON FOR-WHOMEVER PAYS FOR A ROOM--- 

Contents

Two Paterson New Jersey
44
Three Miami Dreams and Legends
62
Four Nobody Loves a Police Reporter
92
Sidebar White Kittens Dancing
120
Six Crooks
163
Seven Sex
184
Eight Drugs
230
Nine Missing
261
Ten Justice
314
Eleven McDuffie
330
Sidebar Rocky Rowf
369
Twelve Miami Then and Now
379
Thirteen Getting the Story
400
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Edna Buchanan worked the Miami Herald police beat for eighteen years , during which she covered five thousand violent deaths, three thousand of them homicides and won scores of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for Career Achievement in Journalism.. Edna attracted international acclaim for her classic true-crime memoirs, The Corpse Has a Familiar Face and Never Let Them See You Cry. Her first novel of suspense, Nobody Lives Forever, was nominated for an Edgar Award.

She brings an exotic and steamy Miami to vivid life in all of her novels. Edna captures both the heartbeat and the hot breath of this restless, dynamic, and mercurial city. In addition to eighteen books, she has written numerous short stories, articles, essays and book reviews. She lives in Miami with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats.

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