is a big girl, tall and muscular, independent as all get out. The women
in her family have a record of failed relationships and misguided choices that
make Hannah leery of commitment. Doc Ford is similarly aware of the risks
inherent in opening up or letting down your guard. Somehow this prickly
couple is attempting to forge a relationship. Hannah works as a fishing
guide and part time PI; she inherited the business from her uncle. As the
story opens a flying fish puts one of her charters in jeopardy tossing two
customers in the water. Hannah’s mother is certain something happened to
one of her close friends, she sends Hannah to check on the woman starting a
series of events that go back twenty years to an unsolved murder.
An almost twenty-year-old unsolved murder from Florida’s pot-hauling days gets Hannah Smith’s attention, but so does a more immediate problem. A private museum devoted solely to the state’s earliest settlers and pioneers has been announced, and many of Hannah’s friends and neighbors in Sulfur Wells are being pressured to make contributions.
The problem is the whole thing is a scam, and when Hannah sets out to uncover who’s behind it, she discovers that things are even worse than she thought. The museum scam is a front for a real estate power play, her entire village is in danger of being wiped out—and the forces behind it have no intention of letting anything, or anyone, stand in their way.
About the Author
Randy Wayne White is the author of the Doc Ford and Hannah Smith novels. He is also the author of a number of nonfiction collections and of a cookbook. A onetime veteran fishing guide, he lives in an old house built on an Indian mound and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Sanibel Island, Florida.
“A heroine who’s just as stubborn and capable and even more appealing [than White’s Doc Ford].”—Kirkus Reviews
“[An] entertaining crime thriller.”—Publishers Weekly
“White does pure suspense as well as anyone.”—Booklist
“[Randy Wayne White] raises the bar of the action thriller.”—The Miami Herald