BOOK REVIEW: QUEEN OF THE UNDERWORLD:
Emma Gant has recently graduated from college and is ready to begin a new career as a reporter for the Miami Star. She has her hopes set on reporting some really good stories. It is 1959 and Miami, at this time, is receiving many Cuban refugees from Castro's revolution.
Emma is kept busy writing some general interest stories and obituaries but at night she is interested in getting to know the people staying at her hotel. She is also involved in a relationship with her married lover, Paul Nightingale.
If only she could find that one big story - one that will make her well known. She is well aware that another reporter ended up with a good story about Ginevra Brown, known as "Queen of the Underground," a madam who is connected to the mob.
Miami is hit with a tornado. While Emma is reporting on the tornado from the hospital, something miraculous happens. Ginevra Brown is a patient in the emergency room following another suicide attempt. Emma did get to speak with her for just a few moments but that was all she needed to make her want to speak with this woman more. Will Emma be able to do get Ginevra Brown to trust her enough to want to tell her more?
The author does a good job of making the younger readers aware of all the turmoil that was going on during the days of the Castro Revolution. This book has a great cast of characters and the author makes them seem very real. As Emma sets out to prove herself in the real world, the reader will feel like cheering her on and hoping also that she will find that one big story to put her above the others. This is an engrossing read and one that I highly recommend.
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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