This Floridian thriller's lush, poetic prose beautifully clashes with its steamy plot: a Key West gangster goes on the run with the woman he loves after stealing his boss's emeralds.
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December 11: "Unfortunately, nature and the laws of physics cannot compromise -- they are what they are."
Critic and ardent home cook Heller McAlpin recommends new cookbooks whose winning voices and visual delights are just as beguiling as the dishes they highlight.
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