My Monday must-read this week is a pair of books that are not very well-known and may not even interest you.
I don’t really care, they’re my pick anyways.
Edna Buchanan was the police beat reporter for many years at the Miami Herald. Her job took her to interesting scenes and showed her the worst of the worst of humanity on an almost daily basis.
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face was the memoir she wrote about her time on the beat. She followed that with Never Let Them See You Cry, another memoir.
As someone who is a writer and deals from time to time with humanity’s worst moments, I found Buchanan’s books to be absolutely mesmerizing. It was nice to have a point of view that understood what I was dealing with.
Dealing with the worst of the worst can be a really trying thing on a person after a while. It’s easy to forget there’s good in the world.
Buchanan talks about that feeling and how she dealt with it. Even though she covered the police beat before I was even born, some things don’t change.
From time to time, I’ll pull these books out and read a chapter or two to remind myself that writing is one of those good things in the world. A good book can be a great reminder of what there is that is positive about the human condition.
I would encourage anyone who wants to know more about reporting and police work to give Edna Buchanan’s non-fiction a try. She also wrote crime novels, however, I have not read any of them.