Murder in the Tropics
The Florida Chronicles, Vol. 2
Stuart B. McIver
Size: 6 x 9 220 Pages
26 b&w photos
Here is the first statewide collection of true Florida murders, and, as the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction. The Sunshine State has played host to a memorable and varied array of crimes of passion, greed, and revenge. In stories spanning from the 1860s to the 1990s, you will meet such varied characters as Lena Clarke, a killer with both her feet planted in a dozen bewildering worlds; Terry Jo, the Sea Waif; Chief Tigertail; the outlaw Ed Watson; Blue, the Enforcer; President Franklin Roosevelt; the Duke of Windsor; novelist Zora Neale Hurston; Lobster Boy; the Gulf Stream Pirate; Brother Gillette, a gentle Shaker who killed out of compassion; and Pensacola's Black Widow, a Spider Woman who killed without mercy.
"McIver's outstanding collection of eccentric crimes and human oddities captures Florida in all of its vivid contradictions. Each tale, each peek into the state's colorful history, becomes a portal that links us directly to the present. In McIver's hands, the past is a living entity." —T.J. MacGregor, author of Mistress of the Bones
"Murder in the Tropics captures the richness of Florida's criminal history and the sometimes bizarre, sometimes wacky, always colorful murderous minds that only [Florida] could produce. Murder in the Tropics is put together as only Stuart McIver, with his vast knowledge of Florida history and style, could do." —Dianne Neral Ell, Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
Stuart B. McIver is an award-winning author of ten books on Florida, including Murder in the Tropics: The Florida Chronicles, Volume 2 and Hemingway's Key West. A former police reporter for the Baltimore Sun and currently editor of "South Florida History Magazine," he has been called "south Florida's tribal storyteller."