Edna Buchanan (born March 16, 1939) is an American journalist and author best known for her crime mystery novels.
Buchanan was born "Edna Rydzik" in Paterson, New Jersey. She attended Montclair State College. 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 a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for general reporting.
Her book Miami, It's Murder was nominated for an Edgar Award in 1995.
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.
- 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 (serial novel by thirteen authors with South Florida connections (in order): 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 and Carl Hiaasen), 1996
- Margin of Error, 1997
- Pulse, 1998
- Garden of Evil, 1999
- You Only Die Twice, 2001
- The Ice Maiden, 2002
- Cold Case Squad, 2004
- Shadows, 2005
- Love Kills, 2007
- Legally Dead, 2008
- Carr: Five Years of Rape and Murder, 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
- ^ page 30, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5
- ^ a b About Edna Buchanan, Fantastic Fiction website, accessed December 27, 2008
- ^ http://www.biography.com/people/edna-buchanan-224916
- ^ Mystery Authors Online: Edna Buchanan
- ^ "General News Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 21, 2009.
- ^ Jerry Bledsoe, The Washington Post, January 18, 1991
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