"Three Books ..." is a series in which we invite writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme.
I know exactly when I caught South Beach fever: It was 1984, and Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas were starring in a new TV show called Miami Vice. I was hooked.
Mary Kennedy is an award-winning novelist and psychologist. Her first adult mystery, Death is Bad Karma, is set in south Florida, and will be published in 2009. She lives in Delaware with her husband and five neurotic cats.
Flash forward to the present day: Writers love South Beach because the milieu is hip, edgy and filled with possibilities for compelling plots and outrageous characters. If Paris is a movable feast, then South Beach is an all-night party. Mix one part Art Deco, one part Cubanita culture, one part surreal fantasy — and you've got a book.