Edna Buchanan

Edna Buchanan (née Rydzik, born March 16, 1939)[1][2] is an American journalist and writer best known for her crime mystery novels.

Edna Buchanan
BornEdna Rydzik
March 16, 1939 (age 80)
Paterson, New Jersey , United States
OccupationNovelist, non-fiction writer, journalist
Alma materMontclair State University
GenreMemoir, true crime, mystery fiction


Buchanan was born in Paterson, New Jersey.[3] She attended Montclair State College.[4] As one of the first female crime journalists in Miami, she wrote for the Miami Beach Daily Sun and The Miami Herald as a general assignment and police beat reporter. She won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting "for her versatile and consistently excellent police beat reporting."[5]

Her book Miami, It's Murder was nominated for an Edgar Award in 1995.[2]

Buchanan's autobiographical book The Corpse Had A Familiar Face inspired two TV Movies starring Elizabeth Montgomery The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1994) and Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (1995). Her novel Nobody Lives Forever was made into a TV Movie in 1998.

Buchanan was embarrassed in 1990 when she was quoted extensively in the book Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow, by Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell.

Burdick ... led her to believe that he was seeking only background information, never used a tape recorder or took notes, asked her to hypothesize about people and situations, then quoted her as if she were stating fact.

According to Buchanan, she tried to have her name and the quotes removed from the book after she read the galley proofs, but she was told by the publisher that it was too late.[6]

Buchanan is featured in the 2018 documentary film The Last Resort (Miami Beach).[7][8]



  • Nobody Lives Forever, 1990
  • Contents under Pressure, 1992
  • Miami, It's Murder, 1994
  • Suitable for Framing, 1995
  • Act of Betrayal, 1996
  • Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1996), by Buchanan and 12 others[a]
  • Margin of Error, 1997
  • Pulse, 1998
  • Garden of Evil: a Britt Montero mystery, 1999
  • You Only Die Twice, 2001
  • The Ice Maiden, 2002
  • Cold Case Squad, 2004
  • Shadows, 2005
  • Love Kills: a Britt Montero novel, 2007
  • Legally Dead, 2008
  • A Dark and Lonely Place, 2011


  • Carr, Five Years of Rape and Murder: from the personal account of Robert Frederick Carr III, 1979
  • The Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat, 1987
  • Never Let Them See You Cry: More from Miami, America's Hottest Beat, 1992
  • Vice: Life and Death on the Streets of Miami, 1992


  1. ^ Naked Came the Manatee (Putnam, 1996) is a "mystery thriller parody novel" and a serial novel comprising thirteen chapters by 13 South Florida contributors. Buchanan wrote chapter four.


  1. ^ Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5, page 30.
  2. ^ a b About Edna Buchanan, Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved December 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Edna Buchanan. Biography (biography.com).
  4. ^ Edna Buchanan. Mystery Authors Online. Archived May 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "General News Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
  6. ^ Jerry Bledsoe, The Washington Post, January 18, 1991.
  7. ^ Kenny, Glenn (20 December 2018). "'The Last Resort' Review: A Photographer's Paradise Lost". New York Times. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  8. ^ Scheck, Frank (21 December 2018). "'The Last Resort': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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1980 Miami riots

The 1980 Miami riots were race riots that occurred in Miami, Florida, starting in earnest on May 18, 1980, following the acquittal of four Dade County Public Safety Department officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie (December 3, 1946 – December 21, 1979). McDuffie, a black salesman and former Marine, died from injuries sustained at the hands of four white officers trying to arrest him after a high-speed chase. The officers were tried and acquitted for manslaughter and evidence tampering, among other charges. Subsequently, a riot broke out in the black neighborhoods of Overtown and Liberty City in Miami. In 1981 Dade County paid McDuffie's family a settlement of $1.1 million after they filed a civil lawsuit against the officials. The 1980 Miami riots were the deadliest since the 1960s and remained such until the 1992 Los Angeles riots twelve years later.

1986 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1986.

ABC Studios

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Alley Mills

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Buchanan (surname)

Buchanan is a surname of Scottish origin (see Clan Buchanan) and is the surname of:

Aimee Buchanan (born 1993), American-born Olympic figure skater for Israel

Alan Buchanan (bishop) (1905–1984), Anglican bishop in Ireland

Alan Buchanan (politician) (born 1952), Canadian university administrator and former politician

Alick Buchanan-Smith, Baron Balerno (1898–1984), British soldier and politician

Alick Buchanan-Smith (politician) (1932–1991), Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician

Allen Buchanan, the James B. Duke Professor of philosophy at Duke University

Allen Buchanan (Medal of Honor) (1876–1940), American Medal of Honor recipient

Andrew Buchanan (American politician) (1780–1848), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania

Andrew Buchanan (New Zealand politician) (1806–1877), member of the New Zealand Legislative Council from 1862 to 1874

Andrew Buchanan (surgeon) (1798–1882), first Regius Professor of Physiology at the University of Glasgow

Sir Andrew Buchanan, 1st Baronet (1807–1882), British diplomat and baronet

Archibald Buchanan (RAF officer) (born 1892, date of death unknown), American World War I flying ace with the British RAF

Archibald C. Buchanan (1890–1979), American lawyer and judge

Archie Buchanan (1928–1983), former association football player

Barry Buchanan (born 1968), American professional wrestler ("Bull Buchanan")

Bay Buchanan (born 1948), sister to Pat Buchanan, and Treasurer of the United States

Bill Buchanan (songwriter) (1930–1996), American songwriter

Bill Buchanan (professor) (born 1961), Scots computer scientist

Blake Buchanan, founder of Bahama Buck's

Brian Buchanan (born 1973), Major League Baseball outfielder

Buchanan family, one of the main families in the American soap opera One Life to Live

Buck Buchanan (1940–1992), American football player

Cameron Buchanan (footballer) (1928–2008), football player

Cameron Buchanan (politician) (born 1946), Scottish politician

Charles Pakenham Buchanan (1874–1924), Australian business man and mayor of Brisbane

Chester and Lester Buchanan, country musicians known as the Buchanan Brothers

Claudius Buchanan (1766–1815), Scottish divine

Colin Buchanan (musician) (born 1964), Australian entertainer

Colin Buchanan (actor) (born 1966), Scottish actor

Sir Colin Buchanan (town planner) (1907–2001), British transport expert

Daniel Buchanan (mathematician) (1880–1950), Canadian mathematician

David Buchanan (politician) (1823–1890), barrister and politician in colonial New South Wales

David Buchanan (cricketer) (1830–1900), amateur cricketer, notable for spin bowling

David Buchanan (footballer, born 1962), English professional footballer

David Buchanan (footballer, born 1986), professional footballer

David Buchanan (baseball) (born 1989), American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies

David M. Buchanan (born 1862), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor

Edgar Buchanan (1903–1979), American actor

Edna Buchanan (born 1939), American journalist and author

Edward Buchanan (born 1967), lawyer in Torrington, Wyoming; former member and past Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives

Francis Buchanan-Hamilton (1762–1829), Scottish surgeon, geographer and naturalist

Frank Buchanan (Illinois politician) (1862–1930), Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois

Frank Buchanan (Pennsylvania politician) (1902–1951), Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania

Franklin Buchanan (1800–1874), American Confederate admiral

George Buchanan (1506–1582), Scottish humanist

George Buchanan (diplomat) (1854–1924), British ambassador in Russia 1911–1919

George Buchanan (engineer, born 1790) (died 1852), Scottish civil engineer

George Buchanan (engineer, born 1865) (died 1940), British civil engineer

George Buchanan (politician) (1890–1955), Scottish politician

George Wesley Buchanan, Professor Emeritus, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, USA

Gordon Buchanan, Scottish wildlife film maker

Henry Buchanan (born 1978), American boxer

Ian Buchanan (born 1957), Scottish television actor

Ian Buchanan (philosopher) (born 1969), Australian philosopher

Isaac Buchanan (1810–1883), businessman and political figure in Canada West

Izett Buchanan (born 1972), American basketball player

Jack Buchanan (1891–1957), Scottish actor and singer

Jack Buchanan (rugby league) (born 1992), Australian Rugby League player

James Buchanan (1791–1868), 15th President of the United States of America

Sir James Buchanan, 2nd Baronet (1840–1901), British Royal Navy officer

James Buchanan, 1st Baron Woolavington (1849–1935), British businessman and philanthropist

James M. Buchanan (1919–2013), American economist

James P. Buchanan (1867–1937), American politician

Jensen Buchanan (born 1962), American actress

Joan Buchanan (born 1952), American Democratic member of the California State Assembly

"Major" John Buchanan (1759–1832), American frontiersman, founder of present-day Nashville, Tennessee

John Buchanan (sailor) (1884–1943), Scottish Olympic medalist in sailing

John Buchanan (born 1931), Canadian politician

John Buchanan (American politician), Republican presidential candidate in 2004

John Buchanan (footballer, born 1935) (died 2009), Scottish footballer

John Buchanan (footballer, born 1951), Scottish footballer

John A. Buchanan (1843–1921), American politician and judge

John Hall Buchanan Jr. (1928-2018), American politician

John P. Buchanan (1847–1930), Governor of Tennessee

June Buchanan (1887–1988), American educator

Kadeisha Buchanan (born 1995), Canadian soccer player

Ken Buchanan (born 1945), Scottish boxer

Keisha Buchanan (born 1984), British-Jamaican singer

Lachlan Buchanan (born 1987), Australian actor

Larry Buchanan (1923–2004), film director, producer and writer

Manley Augustus Buchanan (born 1949), Jamaican musician

Mark Buchanan (born 1961), American physicist and author

Mary Beth Buchanan (born 1963), United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Michael "HouseShoes" Buchanan, American hip hop producer and DJ, who lives and works in Los Angeles

Michael Buchanan (American football) (born 1991), American football defensive end for the New England Patriots

Mike Buchanan (1932–2017), Canadian former ice hockey defenceman

Mike Buchanan (born 1957), British men's rights activist, leader of the Justice for Men and Boys party

Nathaniel Buchanan (1826–1901), Australian pioneer pastoralist, drover and explorer

Norman Buchanan (1915–2008), major in the Royal Canadian Army, awarded the Military Cross, furniture retailer, and political figure in New Brunswick, Canada

Neil Buchanan (born 1956), British television presenter

Neville Buchanan (born 1959), British animator and director

Pam Buchanan (1937–1992), Australian politician

Pat Buchanan (born 1938), American political pundit and Reform Party presidential nominee in 2000

Paul Buchanan (born 1981), professional boxer

Paul Buchanan (born 1956), member of the musical group The Blue Nile

Peter Buchanan (footballer, born 1915) (died 1977), Scottish footballer who played at both professional and international levels

Peter Buchanan (architect) (born 1942), architect, urbanist, writer, critic, lecturer and exhibition curator

Peter Buchanan (judge), of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

Peter Buchanan (rugby union) (1889–1957), rugby union player who represented Australia

Peter Buchanan (Royal Navy officer) (1925–2011), Royal Navy officer who became Naval Secretary

Ralph "Bucky" Buchanan (1922–2005), Canadian ice hockey right winger

Ray Buchanan (born 1971), American football player

Richard Buchanan (American football) (born 1969), American professional football wide receiver

Robbie Buchanan (born 1957), Canadian keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, and producer.

Robert Buchanan (footballer) (1868–1909), Scottish international footballer

Robert C. Buchanan (1811–1878), American soldier

Robert Gordon Buchanan (born 1961), retired Major League Baseball pitcher

Robert Williams Buchanan (1841–1901), British poet, dramatist, and novelist

Ron Buchanan (born 1944), former Canadian professional ice hockey centre

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan (born 1989/1990), American writer

Roy Buchanan (1939–1988), American guitarist

Ruth Buchanan (born 1980), contemporary New Zealand artist

Scott Buchanan (1895–1968), American educator and philosopher

Shamari Buchanan (born 1977), American football player

Simone Buchanan (born 1968), Australian actress

Stuart Buchanan (1894–1974), American voice actor starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs playing the role of Humbert the Huntsman

Thomas Buchanan (1808–1841), second governor of Liberia

Thomas Buchanan (born 1963), Unionist politician from Northern Ireland

Thomas Boughton Buchanan (1833–1924), Archdeacon of Wilts from 1874 until 1911

Thomas Ryburn Buchanan (1846–1911), Scottish Liberal politician and bibliophile

Tim Buchanan (born 1946), former American football linebacker

Vern Buchanan (born 1951), U.S. Representative from Florida

Walter Buchanan (musician) (born 1915), jazz bassist

William Buchanan, Canadian politician

William Buchanan (footballer) (1865–?), Scottish footballer

William Buchanan (pastoralist) (1824–1911), Australian pastoralist and gold prospector

Dave Barry

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David Randall

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Elizabeth Montgomery

Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery (April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995) was an American film, stage, and television actress whose career spanned five decades. She is best remembered for her leading role as Samantha Stephens on the television series Bewitched.

The daughter of actor Robert Montgomery, she began her career in the 1950s with a role on her father's television series Robert Montgomery Presents, and won a Theater World Award for her 1956 Broadway debut in the production Late Love. In the 1960s, she became known for her role as Samantha Stephens on the ABC sitcom Bewitched. Her work on the series earned her five Primetime Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations. After Bewitched ended its run in 1972, Montgomery continued her career with roles in numerous television films, including A Case of Rape (1974), as Ellen Harrod, and The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975) in the title role. Both roles earned her additional Emmy Award nominations.

Throughout her career, Montgomery was involved in various forms of political activism and charitable work. She has been cited as one of the earliest celebrities to support gay rights and advocate for AIDS patients, volunteering with the AIDS Project Los Angeles and amfAR at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Gene Miller

Gene Miller (1928–2005) was a longtime investigative reporter at The Miami Herald who won two Pulitzer Prizes for reporting that helped save innocent men on Florida's Death Row from execution. He was also a legendary editor, mentoring generations of young reporters in how to write crisp, direct, and entertaining stories. When he died of cancer in 2005, the Herald called him "the soul and the conscience of our newsroom."

Ice Maiden

Ice Maiden may refer to:

Mummy Juanita, an Inca mummy

Siberian Ice Maiden, a Pazyryk body found mummified in Siberia

Icemaiden, a DC comic book superheroine

The Ice-Maiden, an 1861 story by Hans Christian Andersen

The Ice Maiden, a 2002 novel by Edna Buchanan

Ice Maiden, a 2011 novel by Sally Prue

Joe Flanigan

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Joyce Chopra

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Les Standiford

Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. Although his most recent works have been narrative non-fiction historical pieces in the style of David McCullough, his John Deal novels set him firmly in the Miami School of Crime Fiction whose progenitors are Charles Willeford and John D. MacDonald, and which include Elmore Leonard, Jeff Lindsay, Carl Hiaasen, James W. Hall, Paul Levine, Edna Buchanan, and Barbara Parker.

Standiford's students have included successful novelists Dennis Lehane, Barbara Parker, Vicki Hendricks, Ginny Rorby, and Neil Plakcy. While Chairman of the Creative Writing Program at University of Texas El Paso, "Standiford gave Raymond Carver his first job in 1976, when Carver was recovering from his infamous alcoholic crash and burn."Standiford has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers Guild.Standiford's wife, Kimberly Kurzweil-Standiford, is an artist and bookseller @ BOOKS&BOOKS in Suniland. The Standifords live in Miami, Florida, and have two children, Hannah and Jeremy. A second son, Alexander, died in 2009.

Media in Miami

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Naked Came the Manatee

Naked Came the Manatee (ISBN 978-0399141928) is a mystery thriller parody novel published in 1996. It is composed of thirteen chapters, each written by a different Miami-area writer. It was originally published as a serial in the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine, one chapter per issue, and later published as a single novel. Its title is a reference to the literary hoax Naked Came the Stranger. The book was conceived of and edited by Tom Shroder, then editor of Tropic. Dave Barry came up with the first chapter, which was then handed to the next writer, and so on until Carl Hiaasen had to tie all the loose threads together in the final chapter. Each chapter was written on deadline for publication in the magazine.

The plot involves three crime-fighting characters from three of the writers' previous, non-parody, mystery/thriller works coming together to help an elderly environmentalist and her granddaughter investigate the mystery behind a package delivered by a precocious Miami-area manatee named Booger. John Dufresne opens his chapter in a spoof on Moby-Dick, with the line "Call me Booger..."

All proceeds from the novel were donated to charity.

The writers of the different chapters are:

Dave Barry

Les Standiford

Paul Levine

Edna Buchanan

James W. Hall

Carolina Hospital

Evelyn Mayerson

Tananarive Due

Brian Antoni

Vicki Hendricks

John Dufresne

Elmore Leonard

Carl Hiaasen

The Corpse Had a Familiar Face

The Corpse Had a Familiar Face is a 1994 American drama film directed by Joyce Chopra and written by Derek Marlowe and Dennis Turner. The film stars Elizabeth Montgomery, Dennis Farina, Yaphet Kotto, Audra Lindley, Branscombe Richmond, LuAnne Ponce, David Spielberg and Lee Horsley. The film premiered on CBS on March 27, 1994.

The Last Resort (2018 film)

The Last Resort is a documentary film about Miami Beach directed by Dennis Scholl and Kareem Tabsch. It features photographs taken between 1976 and 1986 by photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe.

The film focuses on the transformation of South Beach between the 1960s and 1980s. In the 1960s South Beach was an inexpensive retirement community, populated largely by working and lower middle class Jewish retirees. By the early 1980s the housing was deteriorating, and, in the wake of the Mariel boatlift and the Miami Drug War South Beach became a dangerous neighborhood.Context and commentary are provided by interviews with Susan Gladstone, Director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, who grew up in South Beach, and Edna Buchanan, a crime novelist who grew up in Miami Beach and covered crime for Miami newspapers in the period documented by Monroe and Sweet.

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