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Not all time in the tropics is a day at the beach.
Check out these books on the mysterious and deadly tropics.

The Mysterious and Deadly Tropics

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Surface Tension
By: Christine Kling

Summary: Seychelle Sullivan owns a salvage tug near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and makes a precarious living piloting luxury yachts and sportfishing boats in the Florida waters. When her radio picks up a distress call, she hurries to the scene, hoping to net a windfall. The skipper seems to have abandoned ship and left a dead body behind. Who is the dead girl, why do the police suspect Seychelle, and how much can she hope to recover for salvaging the yacht?

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Islands in the Stream
By: Ernest Hemingway

Summary: Published posthumously, this story follows the adventures of Thomas Hudson, who establishes himself as an artist in the tropics, until he is called to serve in World War II by destroying submarines off the coast of Cuba

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Fatal Tide
By: Iris Johansen

Summary: Melis Nemid's isolated life on her own Caribbean island studying dolphins is interrupted by word from her foster father. Melis travels to Athens in search of Phil just in time to see him and his ship blow up. This is the first in a series of horrendous tragedies, and Melis seeks Jed Kelby's help in finding out who is behind it all.

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Star Island
By: Carl Hiaasen

Summary: Twenty-two-year-old pop star Cherry Pye is attempting a comeback from her latest drug and alcohol disaster. Ann DeLusia is Cherry's "undercover stunt double", portraying Cherry whenever the singer is too wasted to go out in public. But, one night, Ann-as-Cherry is mistakenly kidnapped from a South Beach hotel by an obsessed paparazzo

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Second Wind
By: Dick Francis

Summary: BBC meteorologist Perry Stuart, who, with his best friend Kris, an amateur pilot, has long dreamed of flying through the eye of a hurricane. Hurricane Odin forms over the Caribbean; Perry and Kris have overlapping vacations; and Kris finds a wealthy Florida businessman willing to finance their adventure if Kris secretly agrees to detour to tiny Trox Island and pick up a mysterious package. Unfortunately, Hurricane Odin has other plans for Perry and Kris, and their plane goes down in the storm-whipped seas.

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Treasure Island
By: Robert Louis Stevenson

Summary: While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

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A Salty Piece of Land
By: Jimmy Buffett

Summary: Tully Mars, a 40-ish ex-cowboy turned guide at the Lost Boys Fishing Lodge island resort, undertakes various sojourns around the Caribbean, to Mayan ruins, a jungle safari camp, a spring break bacchanal in Belize. Tully meets a parade of colorful natives and expatriates, including a Mayan medicine man, a British commando and a 103-year-old woman who skippers a sailing schooner and wants to restore a historic lighthouse on Cayo Loco

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Island Beneath the Sea
By: Isabel Allende

Summary: The story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible.

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Jamaica Me Dead
By: Bob Morris

Summary: After Jamaican playboy hotelier Darcy Whitehall's near miss with a chair bomb at a Florida Gators game, Zack heads down to the aptly named Libido resort to help out his old pal Monk with security, only to watch helplessly as Monk disappears in a massive explosion in the airport parking lot.
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Lord of the Flies
By: William Golding

Summary: Marooned on a tropical island, a group of English schoolboys tries to set up a civilized society; but with the fear of the unknown, savagery erupts, and the rule of brute force leads to murder.
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The Island
By: Heather Graham

Summary: On a camping trip to Calliope Key, Beth Anderson finds a skull in the woods. She hides it, planning to return for it later. Keith Henson is a scuba-diving adventurer visiting the island with two friends in a beautifully appointed yacht. That evening the various campers on the island come together for an informal cookout, and Beth suspects that each is there for nefarious purposes.
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Trinidad Noir
Edited by: Lisa Allen-Agostini & Jeanne Mason

Summary: Covering the entire island of Trinidad, the stories take readers from the steamy jungle countryside to the tropical beaches and on to the city streets of the capital, where political intrigue thrives. The stories evoke an atmosphere so strong the reader can practically feel the heat, smell the marijuana, and hear the calypso music.

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