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Product Details

  • Series: A Hannah Smith Novel (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399158499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399158490
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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White, author of the best-selling Doc Ford novels, debuts a new series starring fishing guide Hannah Smith, the latest in several generations of strong, no-nonsense Florida women who live life on their own terms. Hannah, who has inherited a PI agency from her uncle, feels her ancestors’ rugged individualism in her bones but has been unable to let it rise to the surface—until she agrees to help a fishing client by searching for his missing niece. The case gives her the chance she needs to find her game, tracking and ultimately confronting a sociopath who specializes in seducing rich, timid women and divesting them of their fortunes before tossing them aside, dead or barely living. Hannah, a perplexing mix of timidity and strength, must confront multiple personal demons in the course of the tale, and she does so with grace and savvy. With its Gulf Coast setting and watery landscape, this is less a new series for White than it is the introduction of a new character to Doc Ford’s world, but that’s all good for the author’s fans, who will welcome another seaworthy star, whether she works solo or in tandem with Ford. --Bill Ott

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Praise for Gone by Randy Wayne White:

“In his Doc Ford novels, Randy Wayne White plumbs the shallows of the Gulf waters and the depths of the human heart. But in his newest thriller, Gone, he gives us Hannah Smith, a gutsy new heroine to root for, and a plot that crackles with the electricity of a Florida thunderstorm. Gone won’t be long forgotten.”—P. J. Parrish, author of the New York Times-bestselling Louis Kincaid thrillers

“A heroine who’s just as stubborn and capable and even more appealing than White’s Doc Ford.”—Kirkus

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.

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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Dedicated RWW Reader on September 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book, if actually even written by RWW is simply BAD. More striking even than the horribly flat and unbelievable plot and characters is the fact that apparently even an editor couldn't have bothered to bear the pain of reading it as evidenced from the glaring plot and writing inconsistencies. The female characters are so ridiculously drawn that the reader is left actually praying that RWW's girlfriend might actually read the book and try to enlighten him a bit. His female characters have always been weak, however the attempt at a female protagonist given his one dimensional and male fantasy perspective is truly and sadly pathetic. Equally awful is his portrayal of a character supposedly suffering from dementia. His lack of awareness and cavalier disrespect for his readers is sorely evident in his completely bogus references to the cognitive decline realistically possible and consistent with someone requiring the services of multiple nurses! And don't even let me start on the lack of realism related to the cost of such care supposedly borne on the wages of a nearly homeless and itinerant, seasonal fishing guide! The production of this book is an insult to all of RWW's fans, who deserve better than what appears to be nothing but a sloppy half-assed effort to cash in on his previously well earned reputation as a decent writer within the light detective type genre. This book is Bad to the Bone! Shame on you Randy and shame on Putnam for the lack of editing services. If you buy it, have a yellow highlighter at hand - the only enjoyment it will provide is finding the obvious errors!
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Vickie T. VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
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I read and loved the author's early Doc Ford books, but stopped reading them, in part because I hated the way female characters were typically portrayed and treated. So, I was intrigued when I saw this new book with a female as the main character and curious to see what kind of a person Hannah Smith might be.

I was disappointed in this book for a number of reasons. Overall, the story was bland and flat. I never felt like I was being drawn into the story. I never managed to sit down and read this book for any length of time; I kept picking it up, reading a bit, then putting it down to do something else.

I didn't like the way the female characters were portrayed, either. There was not a single female character that I would have cared to spend the day with. Hannah Smith, the main character, was more appealing than the rest, but she was odd and not especially likable. The females in this book are not like the women I know.

Finally, for me, too much of the plot just didn't make any sense. All too often I found myself asking one character or another, "Why would you do that?" In some ways, this book felt more like the effort of a new author than one as well established as Randy Wayne White.

The only thing this book has going for it is the setting. As always, the author has done a nice job of describing the southwest corner of Florida. But, that isn't enough for me to recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary Weber on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Gone (A Hannah Smith Novel) Sanibel Flats (Doc Ford Novels) Key West Connection(Randy Striker / Dusky MacMorgan Series)

I'm a kid waiting for Christmas, anticipating the next Doc Ford book from the moment I turn the last page of the current book. This year Santa brought coal.

When I get my hands on a Randy White novel, it's always the same; a matter of only hours to that last page turn. Driven to keep up with Dusky MacMorgan or Doc Ford, I burned through each book.

"Gone" was different. Half way through, I had not found excitement, fantasy or escape from my everyday world. I pushed on to complete the book quickly, hoping the second half would improve and knowing that if I put it down, I would not pick it up again. I finished it. It was not fun.

Hannah Smith Four, an amazon with an adolescent mind, is a poor choice for the protagonist in a book aimed at an adult audience. Cameo roles and references to the reader's old friends in the Doc Ford series stand like cardboard silhouettes. The pervasive sexual theme of the book overshadows the action.

I have great respect for Mr. White's writing. I have all of his books, most signed. I hope other adventures come knocking on Doc Ford's door. After all, this is Florida. Forget Hannah. Or send her to another audience. Meanwhile, I will be hanging out Friday nights at the marina with my old buddies Marion and Tomlinson.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By tom4416 VINE VOICE on August 4, 2012
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White has written some tremendous novels with the Doc Ford series but as with the last two of those books, this one reeks of a writer who has lost the fire to write. I suspect creating a new series may be his way of trying to recapture some of his passion for the creative arts but it flat didn't work.

White just doesn't do a good job of putting himself inside the female mind. He doesn't even manage to make the character very likable and tossing in the gay friend seemed to be just an attempt to liven up what is otherwise a very boring book. Hopefully, this will be his one and only attempt at this plot line and will either find his way back with Doc Ford or retire completely. It's a little bit painful to see a talent like this go so far off his game.

I found it humorous that the advance copy contained a note from his editor/publisher about how blown away he was with this book and this character. I think it says a lot when the publishing company is trying to lend credence to the book before it even hits the shelves - I'm actually surprised they even accepted this manuscript for publication.
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