Bethune-Cookman grad releases book on Miami corruption



140501_dt_community01Author Thomas Barr has spent over a decade working in government.  Now he taps that experience in the first of a planned series of fiction books that portray Miami’s political, business and entertainment cultures.  The book is entitled “Overlords Karma: Miami’s Urban Chronicles Volume I” and is a biopic of the life of former Miami Overtown Commissioner Art Teele.

Thomas said he drew from his years of experience as a Miami resident when writing this book, which is his debut novel.

“Many African-American politicians such as Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, and of recent Charlotte North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, fall prey to the lure of money and power,” the author said.  “One must always remember where they came from and not fall prey to disillusionment.”

Thomas based his main character on the suicide of Teele, the former Overtown Miami commissioner and wants to tell his story to others who aspire to that profession.

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ebookit.  Follow Thomas on twitter at ThomasBarrJr., and



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