The Rum Diary" is a tangled love story in a Caribbean boomtown. The narrator, Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule, and anything--including murder--is permissible. In his signature tongue-in-cheek style, Thompson presents a dazzling, comedic romp. 225 pp. 100,000 print.