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Edna Buchanan

"A young city, Miami lacks the history, the roots, and the traditions of other major metropolitan areas. Everybody here is from someplace else."

Edna Buchanan, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1897)

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"Sex gets people killed, put in jail, beaten up, bankrupted, and disgraced, to say nothing of ruined -- personally, politically, and professionally. Looking for sex can lead to misfortune, and if you get lucky and find it, it can leave you maimed, infected, or dead. Other than that, it's swell: the great American pastime. ... You probably won't see it on a bumper sticker, but sex kills."

Edna Buchanan, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1897)

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"Our system is not one of justice, but of law."

Edna Buchanan, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1897)

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"... I always warn aspiring reporters to observe three basic rules: 1. Never trust an editor. 2. Never trust an editor. 3. Never trust an editor."

Edna Buchanan, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1897)

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"A very laid-back dog, he hates trouble, rolling his eyes and whining when the cats quarrel among themselves. If the chips were down and we were attacked by strangers, he would do the sensible thing -- run for his life."

Edna Buchanan, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face (1897)

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"... I have become a conscientious objector in the war between the sexes."

Edna Buchanan, Never Let Them See You Cry (1992)

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"She is always optimistic and resourceful, a woman who, if cast ashore alone on a desert island, would build a house with a guest room."

Edna Buchanan, Contents Under Pressure (1992)

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"Life is a death-defying experience."

Edna Buchanan, Miami, It's Murder (1994)

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"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves."

Edna Buchanan, Suitable for Framing (1995)

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"In the criminal justice system you see the worst people on their best behavior, unlike the civil system, where the best people behave at their worst."

Edna Buchanan, Suitable for Framing (1995)

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"True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway."

Edna Buchanan, Suitable for Framing (1995)

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" You ought to try surviving one of my family reunions. It's like having a bowling alley in your brain."

Edna Buchanan, Act of Betrayal (1996)

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"Men give love because they want sex. Women give sex because they want love. That's the difference between men and women. Ever notice how when we talk about our love lives, it's always about a man? Singular. All most of us want is one good man. But when men talk, it's about women. Plural. They want as many as they can get."

Edna Buchanan, Act of Betrayal (1996)

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"Where I come from these days, anybody who isn't seeing a therapist needs to."

Edna Buchanan, Margin of Error (1997)

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"[On Miami:] ... in this city ... to many motorists a stop sign means time to reload."

Edna Buchanan, Margin of Error (1997)

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"It is the norm for Miami politicians, exposed, indicted, even convicted, to be overwhelmingly reelected by voters who are apparently brain dead or, in some cases, literally dead, as recent voter fraud investigations revealed."

Edna Buchanan, Garden of Evil (1999)

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"Fear is like water. You need it. And it's good for you, as long as you have the right amount."

Edna Buchanan, Garden of Evil (1999)

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"Love is so fragile and so often fatal. I am amazed when people are brave enough to risk it."

Edna Buchanan, You Only Die Twice (2001)

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"The past is an unsolved mystery and the truth a moving target."

Edna Buchanan, You Only Die Twice (2001)

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"If not for bad luck we'd have no luck at all."

Edna Buchanan, The Ice Maiden (2002)

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"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Edna Buchanan, The Ice Maiden (2002)

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"Guns have no eyes, no friends. You never know if they'll protect your life or take it."

Edna Buchanan, The Ice Maiden (2002)

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"He knows how to tell people to go to hell in a way that makes them look forward to the trip."

Edna Buchanan, The Ice Maiden (2002)

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"Everybody seems normal, till you get to know them."

Edna Buchanan, Shadows (2005)

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Edna Buchanan, U.S. journalist, writer
(1946 - )