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Michael Berish, author of REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT, worked for the City of Miami Police Department for twenty-two years: thirteen of those years spent in the REAL Miami Vice squad. His short stories have been published in several national magazines and he has won several awards along the way.

Bad things happen in the Pit, a notorious crime-infested ghetto in downtown Miami. Michael Berish�s experiences as a Miami policeman for twenty-two years serve as fuel for these exciting, intense stories about life as a cop in a tough part of a big city.

Not just another collection of rehashed police stories with shootouts, car chases, and damsels in distress, REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT, contains individual, quirky, off-center characters. The stories focus on basic character flaws while dealing with social issues of the day: racism, sexism, prejudice, homelessness, segregation, teenage prostitution, police brutality and its senseless violence, crazies abducted by aliens, the murdering of transvestites, the lack of compassion and sympathy by the younger generation for their elders, the stupidity of criminals, the cowardice of police officers, affirmative action, Cuban freedom fighters a.k.a. terrorists, hangings from police cruisers, drug-dealing cops and corruption, bungled police stings, the �don�t get involved� syndrome and the raping of the elderly.

These reflections, which cover more than one hundred years of history, give one pause for thought and a peek into the human swamp of life with Berish using his intimate knowledge of the Pit to bring these Miami cop stories alive.

Mike Berish�s website is: www.realmiamivice.com

His book are available at:


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Posted 14 Years Ago

February 29 & March 1, 2008

presented by
the Mystery Writer's of America.

Michael Berish will be attending 2008 SLEUTHFEST, a three day seminar for mystery/crime writers at the Deerfield Beach Hilton Hotel at 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, Fl. 33441 (1-954-427-7700). Deerfield Beach is located between Boca Raton and Pompano Beach, off I-95 at the W. Hillsboro Blvd. exit (@ Exit #42), then go east from I-95 on W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Sleuthfest offered Mike a slot on one of their panel discussions and his presentation will be entitled" "THE MIAMI BEAT," which is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Immediately after the panel, he will have a book signing for his book: REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT.

Also, there will other book signings at the "Murder on the Beach Bookstore" after the seminars by the various attending authors on Friday, February 29, 2008 and Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 4:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., each evening. Mike will be there with his new book: REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT.