Meet local author and retired detective, Michael Hearns

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Hi, Michael. Who are you? What do you do?

I am a retired Coral Gables police officer and detective. In post-retirement, I am now a technical advisor for film and TV and a full-time author — I write the Cade Taylor fiction series of books.

What neighborhood(s) are you reppin’?

The Falls.

What brings you most alive about the 305?

The vibrancy of the 305 brings me most alive. Miami has a low-frequency hum that may not be heard by the ear but can be felt in your core. There is an infusion of the tropical splendor that washes down upon us. The natural light, aquamarine vistas, and color optics of the flora and fauna are not replicated anywhere else including Hollywood soundstages. I bask in it.

What’s your favorite Miami memory?

I was born and raised in Miami. I was actually one of the very first babies born in Baptist Hospital. Miami has seen a lot of growth. Some of my favorite memories of Miami are as a young child watching puffy white clouds push across a Miami night sky as I heard the palm trees rustle outside of my bedroom window, and going to Key Biscayne in the late afternoon and watching the day drop into the sunset. I feel fortunate that later in life I was able to live on Key Biscayne, and still watch the clouds glide by.

If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Anything from the menu at Crust.

Outside of the obvious stop above, share your other top three destinations for where you’d go on your perfect Miami day.

An early morning bike ride down the Chinese Bridge Trail with a morning stop at the Deering Estate, a midday stop at North Beach Park and the north beaches, Bill Baggs State Park at the tip of Key Biscayne in the late afternoon. (Are you depicting a theme here?)

What’s your favorite local social media account to follow?


If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

Spread limitless intentional kindness. It is an infectious concept.

How does Miami help you do what you do or influence your work?

The Cade Taylor series of books are very authentic to Miami chronologically and geographically. Miami is as big a character as any of the characters in the books. Miami is portrayed in the book with high detail and accuracy. Having main character Cade Taylor working and living in Miami adds rich textured layers of description and scenarios to the plot lines.

If there was one thing you could change, address, etc. about Miami, what would it be?

I would like to see more homage to our near and distant past and ask to stop building upon our previous existence, lives, and memories for the sake of commercial gain.

What are you looking forward to in 2024?

Forward trajectory and positive days.

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