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*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
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
The Doc Ford chronicles have unfolded with variable quality. The best in the series are reminiscent of the great old Travis McGee novels of John D. MacDonald. Read morePublished 16 days ago by D. R. M.
This really was not a traditional mystery. I have no idea whether these archeological finds are truly present in Florida. The characters were interesting but not fully delineated.Published 16 days ago by Daniel A. Hodgson
Another great, fun, entertaining read from Randy Wayne White!Published 20 days ago by J. Peter McDonnell
The Doc Ford series is one of my favorites, especially as a native Floridian, and this one doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Gary C. McLean
It has been a few years since I read a Randy Wayne White Doc Ford book. I am suprised and a bit disappointed in the changes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Atsenaotie
A bit of a slow starter for Doc Ford. After the first few chapters Doc Ford shows up as we have enjoyed in the past 20 books with his "bondesque" demeanor and military... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Y
White's Dr. Ford books are always a delight. But this one disappoints a bit. It is confused, no clear story line. Too bad.Published 2 months ago by TMM32776
Love this book, a little different, but still great story! Love Doc, seems like a real person. Can't wait to find out what happens to the elephants. Looking forward to next book!!Published 2 months ago by Cathy P Golston