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. 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.
Police reporter for the Miami Herald for 16 years, the Pulitzer Prize winner has covered some 5000 murders. Her stories here range from a case that triggered three days of rioting to a father who shot his comatose daughter in a hospital. ``Buchanan writes in pure journalese, with short sentences and short paragraphs, and she does it superbly,'' observed PW .