Award-winning author shares environmental thriller

Lucca, a recent rescue, was on hand with Meredith at the book signing. Photo available for purchase

Lucca, a recent rescue, was on hand with Meredith at the book signing.

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM.

On Saturday at Downtown Books in Apalachicola, Donna Meredith debuted her newest novel, “Wet Work,” an environmental thriller that centers on a graduate student, Summer Cassidy, who finds dangerous levels of arsenic in wells near Tampa and seeks to have them capped.

The resulting backlash is more than she bargained for. Her scholarship is threatened and then her life. Cassidy shows she is more than a geek when she fights back and brings the affray to the corrupt enemy’s doorstep.

“Wet Work” is the first in a “Water Warriors” series in which Meredith plans to showcase water problems across the US . She said the second book will deal with fracking in West Virginia .

Meredith has been a full-time writer since her retirement from teaching English at Thomasville High School .

“Wet Work” is Meredith’s fourth book. Two earlier works are recipients of Florida Presidential Book Awards. “The Color of Lies,” a novel dealing with racial tensions during the 2009 presidential campaign, took a gold medal. Meredith recently learned the novel has been chosen as a textbook for a course on multicultural issues at the University of North Texas .

“Magic in the Mountains,” Meredith’s only nonfiction publication, took a silver medal. – BY LOIS SWOBODA

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