Political Clouds Loom Over the Sunshine State: Mercedes Wore Black

A book review of Andrea Brunais’ Mercedes Wore Black

by Malcolm R. Campbell

When the hard-hitting environmental reporter Janis Hawk is downsized out of her job at the Bradenton, Florida Mercury Sun she’s certain her newspaper career is over compliments of the powerbrokers who don’t like her news stories showing how often commerce and politics win out over Florida’s vanishing wild areas. However, when a friend steps forward to finance her as a “backpack reporter,” Janis soon discovers that the kind of people who got rid of her job might also want to get rid of her permanently. Continue reading