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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
It is 1951 and Florida state representative Bernie Papy is pulling all the strings. Trumbull is using his Miami Herald column to expose Papy. Key West: The Companion Episodes by Peter Wick tells a gripping story of danger, corruption, backroom deals, and Trumbull's relentless search for the truth.
As a writer and avid reader, I love stories that chronicle journalists and follow them through the big story. You don't see as many stories with journalist protagonists, so this was a refreshing idea for me. I love the idea of a small time journalist going against the big time crime boss in Florida. Especially since the journalist's editor doesn't want him to write the story, the crime boss's goons threaten him not to write the story, and just about every other character in the book tells him he is crazy to write this story. But his journalistic ethics tell him he has to write this story, so even though he knows he will get threatened, beaten up, and maybe worse, he feels he has to follow through with his instincts and report the truth. Awesome!
I loved the setting and the characters. What isn't to love about a story set in sunny Florida, filled with all of the characters you expect to see in a Florida setting. Crazy gamblers. Snow birds (people who vacation in Florida over the winter). Mafia bosses. The lifestyle in this book is so different than most people's lifestyles that it takes on a surreal quality that is really fun to read and fun to imagine being a part of. I was disappointed when the story ended.