These are the books that make readers want to escape. Their covers beckon with tranquil beach and lakeside scenes -- endless layers of blue sky and water divided by a strip of sand, dotted with brightly colored flip-flops and umbrellas.
A few months ago, Kelly Gissendaner wrote a letter to a pen pal across the Atlantic. She told him the state of Georgia was about to fix a date for her execution. One evening soon, she would be strapped to a gurney, needles would be inserted into her arm, and poison would course through her veins until she was dead.