Robert Earl’s debut novel gives gritty glimpse into Miami streets

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Young girl navigates harsh reality of criminal life in coming-of-age tale ‘Miami Contingent’

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I wanted to tell real stories in real words, uncensored, so that people can relate to them and walk away thinking and pondering.

Eleven-year-old Renee Jenkins is a vivacious, bright girl who had the seemingly unfortunate fate of being born into the notorious Jenkins clan, in an area of Miami where a knock at the door warrants carrying a 9 mm pistol for protection.

In “Miami Contingent” (published by Archway Publishing), the debut novel by author Robert Earl, Renee must maneuver her way through the asphalt jungle of Miami’s dangerous Overtown as she strives to find happiness in a world consumed by death, despair, drugs and pain.

“This is about the real Miami that’s not on your postcards or in popular TV shows,” Earl says of his book. “I wanted to tell real stories in real words, uncensored, so that people can relate to them and walk away thinking and pondering.”

As the story develops, Renee is kept busy caring for her younger brother Sean and dreams of becoming a doctor. But what Renee doesn’t know is there is a storm coming to Overtown that has the power to change everything. Will Renee survive, or will her fate be sealed by her family’s reputation?

Miami Contingent
By Robert Earl
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781480809550
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 226 pages | ISBN 9781480809536
E-Book | 226 pages | ISBN 978148080954
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Robert Earl was born in Baltimore. He now resides in the Miami area. He is a successful realtor and world traveler and is currently attending the University of Miami. His writing is inspired by his countless experiences from living in the dark abyss of drug addiction for more than 20 years. “Miami Contingent” is his debut novel.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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