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Thanks to Robert in Concord, N.C., for the review of “Busted” on his Rooftop Reviews blog. “There are no good guys in this book; save for the authors, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, 2 reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for their searing expose of corruption on the Philadelphia Police Force. After that, everyone else is; how shall I say it; tainted. Even the victims aren’t quite squeaky clean. Of course, the worst offenders are the cops, who are paid to “protect and serve”, but in the end only served themselves.” Read the full Rooftop Reviews spin on “Busted” here.

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Subscribers to Time Warner Cable can watch June Thomas of Slate report on “Busted” in The Book Reader.


Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 3.27.34 PMPoint Park News Service documents our presentations at Point Park University, Pittsburgh, complete with a video featuring  commentary by some of the journalists who attended. Read the story by Emily Balser and view the video by Sean McKeag, both of which can be found here.

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Pavement Pieces, from New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation graduate concentrations, ” ‘Busted’  proves gumshoe reporting lives on.” In “Busted”, Ruderman and Laker become characters in their own story. Laker, a “sweetheart” who was “oblivious to her ability to make men’s heads turn,” and Ruderman, a “crass” and “pint-size” reporter, become our heroines. They take us into the dusty bowels of the city’s court records where they shuffled through hundreds of search warrants with Laker in “knee high leather boots.

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 9.58.38 AM“Barbara spent an hour on the phone with this drug dealer trying to talk him out of killing Benny.” Cary Barbor talks with Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker on her Books and Authors podcast, discussing not only the investigative reporting that led to BUSTED, but also their lives in and out of the newsroom. Listen to the podcast.

Philadelphia magazine logoAt Philadelphia magazine’s Ticket blog, Rosella Eleanor LaFevre says: “It’s a personal journey through the newsroom, and Philly’s drug war-torn streets. And because it is so personal, the reader really gets to see the journalists, warts and all.”  Read the book review here.  Also, a photo of a Busted reader on the subway, shot by LaFevre, is here.

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The blog Small Biz Philly puts BUSTED in its spotlight: “Overall, “Busted” tips the scale of my must-read book-ameter, exceeding my expectations of what fine journalism is all about. It is very engaging and inspirational, and should be a message to all that are in authority and try to abuse their power.”  Read the Small Biz Philly review here. 

American Thinker logoElise Cooper examines Busted in an article headlined Corruption in the City of Brotherly in the March 6, 2014, edition of American Thinker.


Will Bunch’s Attytood column calls attention to Busted.  Read all about it here.   Says our colleague:

“It’s a great read — fast-moving and fun — that at its heart is a love story, for journalism and that fading idea that it’s possible to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable with a pen, a notebook, a keyboard and a lot of gumption.”

Terry Gross, host of the NPR radio program Fresh Air, interviews Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker after they won their Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Philadelphia Daily News newsroom frenzy as Pulitzer Prizes are announced, April 2010. Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker won the prize for investigative reporting for their series Tainted Justice, upon which the book is based.