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Product Details

  • Series: A Doc Ford Novel (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158131
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* There’s not a lot Doc Ford hasn’t done in the Florida wild, and there aren’t many predators he hasn’t squared off against, but up until now, he’s never done any bone hunting, and he’s never tangled with an angry elephant. That changes in this twenty-first installment in the series, which has lately become a staple on the New York Times best-seller list. It starts, as so many of Ford’s adventures do, with his hippie guru pal Tomlinson, who hooks Doc up with a Crow Indian from Montana called Dunk, who is in Florida searching for an ancient Native American artifact believed to be in the state’s legendary Bone Valley, where, millennia ago, mastodons and other pre-Columbian creatures roamed. Bone hunting is largely confined to a group of flourishing but distinctly unfriendly black marketers, making Doc’s attempt to help Dunk more than a little perilous. Complicating matters further is the location of the deep pond where the fossils are thought to be: on land owned by a phosphate miner who isn’t likely to share. White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes (don’t forget that elephant), but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida’s ancient natural history—and its contemporary environmental challenges—White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction. White gives us that opportunity here. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Doc Ford has become a literary institution, with his own restaurant on Sanibel Island and now with a CBS television series in production. All that and a cracking good story will lift Ford’s latest to White’s familiar perch on best-seller lists. --Bill Ott

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Praise for Bone Deep
 
“Doc Ford is back for his twenty-first appearance, and it’s right to say that he’s as good as he ever was . . . With hidden treasures galore, secret agent Doc Ford retains his cover of marine biologist very well, while tracking down some truly crooked relic hunters!”—Suspense Magazine

“White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes, but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida’s ancient natural history—and its contemporary environmental challenges—White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction.”––Booklist (starred review)
 
“A descent into the world of overzealous and unethical fossil collectors leads to a boat-napping, stolen artifacts, and increasingly dire threats . . . White does a fine job detailing Florida’s unique history and geography.”––Publishers Weekly

Praise for Night Moves
 
“White weaves in and out of two mysteries, telling the story with the same tight, vivid prose his fans have come to expect. Another strong addition to one of crime fiction’s most consistent series.” —Associated Press
 
“Randy Wayne White takes one of Florida’s most iconic mysteries and turns it into a tailor-made story for his own icon, Doc Ford. Night Moves illustrates why, after twenty novels, Ford’s double life and White’s attention to the Florida scenery continue to intrigue readers.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel

More About the Author

Randy Wayne White is the author of sixteen previous Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction. He lives in an old house built on an Indian mound in Pineland, Florida.

Customer Reviews

As far as the plot, it is confusing and again boring.
Kenny
Randy White never disappoints, Doc Ford is a great hero and Randy does his research.
William
Like always, looking forward to the next Doc Ford adventure.
Charles H. Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Calhoun on March 10, 2014
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I have read all of the Doc Ford novels, and gotten my sister and husband "hooked" on them as well. The last two have been a serious disappointment. I am half way through this and I don't know if I will finish the book. It seems that Randy Wayne White is bored with Doc Ford and his pals and is just "dialing it in". Disjointed plot line, not very interesting characters, old relationships that were interesting are barely mentioned or just dropped, action sequences that are not well written. Sheesh, I loved this author! Did he have a mid-life crisis?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By cameron Donoghue on March 19, 2014
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Not up to par with previous doc. Ford sagas. Confussed romantic. Poor editing..no real story to like. Boring boring boring
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wesley H. Cowley on March 20, 2014
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I finished Bone Deep last night, but I am not sure why. The last Doc Ford novel was disappointing, and this one was worse. The writing was choppy, the story line disjointed and hard to follow. I have been a White fan for a long time, have met him a time or two at signings. I've really enjoyed his early stuff, but don't think I'll buy another one. Shame!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sue Turner on March 25, 2014
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It was disappointing compared to his other books, rambling and confusing and slow moving. I got through it, but just barely
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By GS VINE VOICE on March 4, 2014
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Randy Wayne White's new novel, Bone Deep, has a more complex plot line than other novels in the series I have read. The story includes familiar characters: Doc Ford, Tomlinson, Hannah, and others who play recurring minor but important roles. The number of novels in the Doc Ford series is impressive with Bone Deep coming in at number 21. It is interesting to note that Mr. White's sons "helped" him in the writing of this and other Doc Ford volumes. (See comment number one below). Here is a list of Mr. White's series. The switch from St. Martin's Press to G.P. Putnam's Sons was a financial decision.

Doc Ford Series:

1. Sanibel Flats (1990, St. Martin's Press)
2. The Heat Islands (1992, St. Martin's Press)
3. The Man Who Invented Florida (1993, St. Martin's Press)
4. Captiva (1996, G.P. Putnam's Sons) *
5. North of Havana (1997, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
6. The Mangrove Coast (1998, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
7. Ten Thousand Islands (2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
8. Shark River (2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
9. Twelve Mile Limit (2002, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
10. Everglades (2003, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
11. Tampa Burn (2004, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
12. Dead of Night (2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
13. Dark Light (2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
14. Hunter's Moon (2007, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
15. Black Widow (2008, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
16. Dead Silence (2009, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
17. Deep Shadow (2010, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
18. Night Vision (2011, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
19. Chasing Midnight (2012, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
20. Night Moves (March, 2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons)
21. Bone Deep (March, 2014, G.P.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. May on March 19, 2014
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It took all I could do to finish this book. It was boring, and just plain stupid. Mr. White must have needed the money to write this book. This may be the last Randy Wayne White that I buy.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Pace on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm terribly disappointed, not just in this book, but with the direction this series has taken in general. I hope you're reading this, Mr. White, because I'm a long time reader. 20 plus years. And I think it's terribly unfair of you to tie this series together with your new and inferior "Hannah Smith" series. Aside from the fact that it's excruciating to see Doc so jealous over a woman thirty years his junior (more about that in a minute), it's just not right that you're making your loyal Doc Ford fans read through Hannah's exploits.

If you're so hung up about proving that you can write from a woman's point of view, how about giving Doc a love interest a little more age appropriate? Now I suspect that you stopped aging Doc in real time quite awhile ago, but he still has to be at least fifty. And in reality, closer to sixty, given Tomlinson's countercultural hippie past. It's just way too hard to respect a man his age mooning over a twenty year old woman, no matter how much respect he's shown for the gender in the past. Yes, he's a fictional character, but you have to realize that your loyal readers want to respect him. And given his jealousy over "the Brazilian," I found it impossible.

PLEASE give this series back to the fans who put you on the map and distance Doc from the "Hannah" series. Just my two cents.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lee R Schroeder on March 23, 2014
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I have read ALL of the Doc Ford novels, this book is by far the worst book Randy White has written. The last few have been going down in quality but this book has hit rock bottom. Save your money and skip this novel.. It appears all Randy White is interested in is the money. Extremely disappointing
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