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Birds of Paradise: A Novel
Diana Abu-Jaber

After a five year absence, an eighteen-year-old runaway returns to her family in Miami to deal with the guilty secret that caused her to flee.


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Big Trouble
Dave Barry

The humorist offers a fiction debut that describes the lives of the troubled denizens of Coconut Grove, including a career-threatened adman, an alcoholic embezzler dodging a couple of hit men, and their dysfunctional families.


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Cold Case Squad
Edna Buchanan

Entreated by a twelve-year widow to apply new forensic technologies to the unsolved case of her husband’s killing, Miami’s Cold Case Squad follows leads that link to other murders and suggest that the man may still be alive.


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Swim to Me: A Novel
Betsy Carter

Desperate to compete with the newly opened Walt Disney World Resort, Miss Thelma Foote struggles to deal with the lack of business at Weeki Wachee Springs, while coping with the constant repairs, bills, and “mermaids,” but everyone’s luck takes a turn for the better when Delores Walker arrives from the Bronx to pursue her long-time dream of becoming a mermaid.


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The Garden of Last Days: A Novel
Andre Dubus III

Explosive elements converge one early September night in a Florida men’s club revealing the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed.


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Charley's Web: A Novel
Joy Fielding

The story of an ambitious, single mom journalist whose foray into the mind of a convicted female murderer of children puts her own family in jeopardy.


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Queen of the Underworld: A Novel
Gail Godwin

In 1959, as the first wave of Cuban exiles arrives in the United States, Emma Gant, finally free of her stifling family and bullying stepfather, embarks on a career as a reporter and begins to thrive in the sultry world of Miami.


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Hell's Bay
James W. Hall

When the matriarch of a powerful and wealthy Florida family is found drowned and her son and granddaughter show up, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative, Thorn becomes embroiled with a family he never knew he had as he attempts to solve the murder.


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Star Island
Carl Hiaasen

Ann DeLuisa, body double for drug-addled pop star Cherry Pye, is kidnapped by an obsessed paparazzo, and Cherry’s entourage must rescue her while keeping her existence a secret from Cherry’s public and from Cherry herself.


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Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery (Lew Fonesca Novels)
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Lovable everyman Lew Fonesca, the man who makes things work in Sarasota, takes on the cases of seventeen-year-old Ronnie Graell accused of bludgeoning to death a local curmudgeon who has been campaigning to end state-sponsored school funding and a semi-retired and much beloved singer of children’s songs who is being blackmailed.


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The Ethical Assassin: A Novel
David Liss

Working as a door-to-door salesman in a South Florida trailer park, teenager Lem Altick witnesses the murders of two of his would-be customers and is forced into an alliance with the assassin, an extremist dedicated to animal rights.


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Night Vision (Doc Ford)
Randy Wayne White

When a local teen from a trailer park being targeted by powerful developers witnesses their hired gun committing a murder, her only hope for survival falls in the hands of Doc Ford and Tomlinson, who undertake a search through the underground in the hopes of finding her first.


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Seaview Inn
Sherryl Woods

Single mother, business executive, and breast cancer survivor Hannah Matthews, struggling to cope with her ornery grandmother and her daughter’s unexpected pregnancy, finds her life further complicated by an old flame’s return.


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