Byline: Oline H. Cogdill
"Octopus Alibi," by Tom Corcoran; St. Martin's Press ($24.95)
For many, Key West is where anyone can start a new life because "nothing is as sure as change in the tropics."
Freelance photographer Alex Rutledge just wants to get away from "the rock" _ at least temporarily. Alex, who moonlights as a crime scene photographer for the police and sheriff's departments, desperately needs the temporary assignment an advertising agency has scheduled in the Caymans. His bank account is dwindling as is his new live-in relationship. Trouble is, Key West won't let him leave.
His best friend, fishing guide Sam Wheeler, wants Alex to be his contact in Key West while he tries to find his missing sister in Broward. Meanwhile, a close friend of Alex's _ and a patron of his work _ dies on the same day that the much-beloved, highly …