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

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The Corpse Had a Familiar Face Covering Miami America s Hottest Beat 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 Havin
  • Title: The Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat
  • Author: Edna Buchanan
  • ISBN: 9780743493642
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 crimes than most cops, Buchanan garnered a reputation as a savvy, gritty writer with a unique point of view and inimitable style Now, back in print after mFor 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 crimes than most cops, Buchanan garnered a reputation as a savvy, gritty writer with a unique point of view and inimitable style Now, back in print after many years, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face is her classic collection of true stories, as witnessed and reported by Buchanan herself 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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    I read another review on this site that said this book was far better than Connelly s book on his career as a journalist covering the crime beat Buchanan s book is far interesting in many aspects first, she was a woman entering a man s career world in the late 60 s early 70 s second, she illustrated many stories she covered I m sure not even scratching the surface of what she did over her long career but didn t go in depth but hit on the important parts so you still got the full picture third, [...]

    Yes, she is a fine journalist and was really able to get the story, as told over and over and over again in this book It is a bit monotonous, though, with story after story after story of horrible things happening to people It does not go anywhere It is a catalogue of crime stories, and for that it has value, but anyone looking for any kind of narrative arc will be disappointed.Plus, a chapter devoted to her cats Totally unnecessary.Anyhoo

    Edna Buchanan covered crime for the Miami Herald through the 1970s and most of the 1980s Her stories of being an early female reporter are interesting The body count, the endless horrible things she covered, terrible Or fascinating This book came out in 1987.

    I ve watched a few documentaries on the Miami, FL of the late 1970s early 1980s, and was consistently stunned by them Buchanan reports from this time and place, and her stories, as one would would imagine, are hair raising Yet the author is an accomplished writer, and she throws in enough humor and happy endings to keep her readers hooked I also appreciated her interludes about the cats and dog she rescued from the mean streets of Miami It s true, this book is 30 years old, and some of the attit [...]

    This is the best long form journalistic memoir I have read Edna Buchanan tells her story of working the crime beat during the height of crime in Miami with skillful ease and intrigue She tells her stories with plenty of personality, yet remains true to all the facts of each case she covered Nothing has inspired me to pursue covering a crime beat although I m still not doing that, what s wrong with me.

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Miami Herald reporter Edna Buchanan takes us along for a ride as she narrates some of the most memorable stories and characters of her career to that point Great, great book for any novelist who writes about crime.except these are all true Makes me almost wish I d taken up journalism Edna Buchanan from one former Jersey Girl to another , thank you for sharing your stories.

    I stumbled onto this book by accident but I m sure glad I did It s outstanding Buchanan writes perfect crisp newspaper sentences, structures her paragraphs and chapters with purpose, and packs the book full of fascinating stories and people It s rare for a book to paint a picture of a particular place in a particular time this well Even if you could care less about the topic this is still a great read.

    Before she descended into writing potboiler mysteries, Edna Buchanan was a crackerjack Pulitzer Prize winning crime reporter for The Miami Herald This out of print book has Buchanan fondly going over her days on the cops and courts beat Not always well written, but a good place to mine information on what being a journalist is really like, and there a few good tips on reporting for the observant.

    Despite my diligence, some editors failed to take me seriously during these first months at the Herald I thought I knew why Something was missing.I threatened to buy one at an adult toy store and display it in a flowerpot on my desk p.83 Madame Buchanan est badass Elle a couvert pendant 18 ans le beat de Miami ses meurtres, enl vements, viols en s rie et autres terribles histoires Une femme dans un milieu d hommes, dans les ann es 70 80, qui s est m rit le Prix Pulitzer du journalisme en 1986.Da [...]

    I picked up this book in anticipation of a recent trip to Miami Edna Buchanan was the police beat reporter for The Miami Herald for 18 years in the 1970s and 1980s before leaving the paper to pen her own mystery novels The book was a little dated although there were some updates added into the new edition in 2009 , but definitely oozed a Miami Vice vibe and was chockful of all sorts of murders committed during her tenure, some which made for compelling reading than others I was particularly riv [...]

    I think I picked this up in a random used book drop thing I glanced at the title, assumed it was a murder mystery and paid 50 cents This was one of those times where 50 cents massively pays off This is not so much a murder mystery but an excellent memoir by a female crime reporter from the 60 s I d never heard of Edna Buchanan before reading this but her career was fascinating It was like reading about Lois Lane in real life I loved her pursuit of justice and how she dealt with sexism That said, [...]

    Eerie and terrifying This book really isn t something I should have read in one sitting There is some really terrible people out there It was an interesting read.

    This book is at once a highly detailed account of what it was like being a female police reporter 25 years ago and an excellent ethnography of the city of Miami and the changes it has undergone since it was just a broiling, humid seacoast city on Florida s Atlantic Coast The author, Edna Buchanan, was a Pulitzer Prize winning police beat reporter for the Miami Herald, and for the last decade or has been a crime novelist.Buchanan is an excellent newspaper reporter, and the book is full of crimes [...]

    From the department of Things That Aren t There Any From the beginning, it was a comfort just to see the Miami Herald building looming huge and permanent against the skyline It made me feel secure It still does You can see it from the expressway, the causeways, from downtown, and from the bay Just look up The Herald building sprawls over an entire block of prime waterfront Employee parking lots are slowly swallowing the surrounding neighborhood Sometimes the world s biggest barge is moored at th [...]

    Reporters are like cops in yet another way We suddenly appear in someone s life at a crucial, often emotional point, suddenly their best friend, confessor, defender, confidant, and shoulder to cry on We share the same foxhole for a short time, then we are gone with our story, slam bam thank you ma am It is often difficult for both of us The life of a journalist is a difficult one to grasp The nights are long slaving over a story with a deadline quickly approaching A journalist s life is a thankl [...]

    A friend, then a cops and courts reporter, had recommended Buchanan years ago as the best of the best in crime writing I d hoped for something like a compilation of her reporting, but the book is also substantially a memoir Buchanan s own story is well told, but her crime vignettes are astonishing I ll stick a few examples under quotes later In retrospect, an entire book of those would have felt exhausting by the end The best way to read her work is probably the way it was meant, daily, in the p [...]

    Well written and gripping If you enjoyed watching Dexter yeah we all want to forget that last season then you ll love the real life accounts of Edna Buchanan She paints a clear picture of journalism for her in Miami in the 70s and throughout I highly recommend for any current or aspiring journalists Also a powerful read for women in male dominated professions I laughed, cried, and bit my nails along side the stories told, hopefully you will too.

    Holds up even almost 25 years later If reporters were accomplished in the way Ms Buchanan is at her job, people would still be buying newspapers Since she won a Pulitzer it s obvious her writing is as superb as her reporting Wonderful true crime genre, but they should actually invent a genre for her since this is far too superior over normal true crime books More memoir of a reporter who is among the five best reporters ever.

    A novel of fascinating crime stories The book was riveting and will keep you glued to your seat Edna Buchanan has taken her years of experience as an award winning reporter for the Miami Herald and given us a glimpse into the real world of crime A father who murdered his comatose toddler in her hospital crib, the 15 year old boy who killed for fun and others A wonderful read

    By many accounts, Edna Buchanan is considered to be the best crime reporter ever written The fact that there s not a definitive collection of her works remains a glaring omission that needs to be corrected The Corpse Had A Familiar Face is a good substitute A great read, and a definite must read for any crime reporting enthusiast.

    Just re read this It still holds up after 20 years Buchanan has a real understanding of the dedication needed to be a top newspaper reporter She covered the cops for the Miami Herald and she did it with a tremendous sense of the humanity of her victims Anyone interested in journalism should read this.

    I read this book as a young beat reporter for a Brooklyn weekly paper, and it instantly became one of my favorites Buchanan is a terrific reporter and writer, with a macabre sense of humor that expertly fits her subject matter as crime reporter for the Miami Herald during a period of ample violence Every reporter or aspiring reporter should read this book Wonderful

    I can t help it Does it make me some variation of trailer trash I love Miami Vice and this book of short stories, mysteries with a certain flair were all set in Miami It took all I could do not to set the detectives out in white linen coats Besides, she s a bona fide first rate mystery writer and this was just hors d oeuvres

    Fantastic Highly recommended to people who love true crime and to Miami natives As someone who has now made her home in Miami, I was shocked and fascinated at Miami s crime ridden history.Edna Buchanan is one amazing lady

    A book about covering crime set in my hometown This also has a good deal of biographical info but she manages to tie it to a sort of lifelong interest in criminals and their exploits, and I m a sucker for someone who writes so lovingly about SoFla Even if her medium is the crime beat.

    I really enjoyed reading this, and will read by Ms Edna Buchanan This is about her life journey to becoming a journalist She takes you her first crime story She doesn t over explain her job, but one can tell she was made for it I m looking forward to reading from her

    Funny book, surprisingly enough Edna is very engaging, and her personal side to the stories she wrote on is quite entertaining Was lucky enough to find this earlier edition at a library book sale

    As a reporter, this book was a breath of fresh air A reporter talking about the art of reporting for exactly what it is Buchanan s writing may be several decades old, but it is still as relevant in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.

    I was already a reporter when I first read this, but it didn t do anything to dissuade me from my career choice.

    I read her second non fic book first I liked it better For some reason, this one was not quite as enjoyable.

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