Books by Randy Wayne White

Randy Wayne White is the author of eleven Doc Ford novels and four collections of nonfiction writing.

CARIBBEAN RIM by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 13, 2018

"Despite the reflective tone of the tale, the plot is driven by so many boats moving at such top speeds that you have to hope there are no sharks in the neighborhood. If there are, poor them."
Looks like Dr. Marion Ford's latest research project in marine biology will have to wait for yet another tangle, his 25th, with members of a lower species. Read full book review >
Released: March 21, 2017

"White comes up with a novel way to re-examine historical crimes: reincarnate the criminals as fictional present-day killers. It's a crazy idea, and some crazy developments trail in its wake, but it works better than you might expect."
A 24th adventure for Marion "Doc" Ford (Deep Blue, 2016, etc.) interrupts his pursuit of a child pornographer to take him into even murkier waters: a kidnapping apparently haunted by a similar crime nearly a century ago. Read full book review >
SEDUCED by Randy Wayne White
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Despite the disjunction between the sharply drawn threats and the heroine's modest detective skills, her fourth outing may be her best to date, with a particularly effective climactic sequence that knots together every menace, and every sorrow, she faces."
Sanibel fishing guide/private eye Hannah Smith confronts a ghost from her mother's colorful past and an even more primeval threat to Florida citrus. Read full book review >
DEEP BLUE by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 15, 2016

"The front-loading of the major surprises makes this adventure middling among Doc Ford's recent Bond-like encounters with villains with political agendas (Cuba Straits, 2015, etc.)."
Marine biologist Marion D. Ford interrupts his endless partying at Sanibel Island long enough to get involved in another round of international counterterrorism. Read full book review >
CUBA STRAITS by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 24, 2015

"Cuba provides the perfect setting for White's recent fondness for episodic, hallucinatory quests (Bone Deep, 2014). The next few months' headlines will determine whether his view of contemporary Cuba is remarkably prophetic or yesterday's news."
A trove of revealing private documents, rumors concerning a political assassination, a trip to Cuba—it's either today's newspaper or Dr. Marion Ford's 22nd adventure. Read full book review >
BONE DEEP by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 4, 2014

"In Doc's 21st adventure (Night Moves, 2013, etc.), promising characters get submerged in a colorful treasure hunt whose participants are at odds in not-very-interesting ways. When Doc reveals the identity of the malefactor behind the psycho biker, readers realize it doesn't much matter."
A search for a pair of stone carvings stolen from Crow tribal lands in Montana leads Dr. Marion Ford and his pal Tomlinson to another round of wild and woolly adventures. Read full book review >
DECEIVED by Randy Wayne White
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"More interested in giving its heroine good scenes and good dialogue than a good mystery or the skills to solve it. The pace is so relaxed readers may find themselves nodding off."
Her second case finds Sanibel PI Hannah Smith (Gone, 2012) just as attractive, just as game and just as clueless. Read full book review >
NIGHT MOVES by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 5, 2013

"A lesser adventure aimed at action fans who agree with Raymond Chandler that a great story is a succession of great scenes."
Sanibel Island's most swashbuckling marine biologist goes in search of five Navy bombers that vanished nearly 70 years ago and finds both more and less. Read full book review >
GONE by Randy Wayne White
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Now that big-boned Hannah, whom Doc Ford aptly describes as 'a man's woman,' has established her voice and her credentials, here's hoping she's back next time with a meatier case."
After 19 manly adventures starring marine biologist Marion "Doc" Ford, (Chasing Midnight, 2012, etc.), White introduces a heroine who's just as stubborn and capable and even more appealing. Read full book review >
CHASING MIDNIGHT by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 6, 2012

"White's fans will eat this one up."
Bad guys want to corner the caviar market in Doc Ford's 19th. Read full book review >
NIGHT VISION by Randy Wayne White
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Much of the enjoyment depends on the reader's reaction to the idea of a really, really proactive saint."
In his 18th appearance, Doc Ford (Deep Shadow, 2010, etc.) and…er...Joan of Arc contend with villainy on behalf of a beset 21st-century teenager. Read full book review >
DEAD SILENCE by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 24, 2009

"Doc's 16th suffers from subplot glut, but his fans are inured to that by now."
Doc Ford, marine biologist-cum-black-ops specialist, must disinter some ugly buried secrets along with a kidnap victim who's been buried alive. Read full book review >
BLACK WIDOW by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 18, 2008

"Starts intriguingly, then descends into a welter of aimless episodes, derivative characters and suspense-killing digressions. Fans will be put to the test."
Blackmail overshadows Sanibel, Fla., in a way that poses a special set of challenges to marine biologist extraordinaire Doc Ford, making his 15th appearance (Hunter's Moon, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
HUNTER’S MOON by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 15, 2007

"Lean, mean tropical thrills—something like Carl Hiaasen on a black day."
A straight-shooting former president spends his dying days in search of his wife's murderer. Read full book review >
DARK LIGHT by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 16, 2006

"Because White cuts back on the digressive sermonizing that has slowed his recent storytelling, Doc (brain of a Nobelist, heart of a Rambo) gets a renewed chance to shine."
A Category 4 hurricane whips through Florida's West Coast and blows Doc Ford (Dead of Night, 2005, etc.) back to World War II. Read full book review >
DEAD OF NIGHT by Randy Wayne White
Released: March 17, 2005

"Not much story, but Doc's fans are used to that. What might bother a few, though, is a certain lack of engagement, as if even Doc can't take the goings-on all that seriously."
This time out, Doc Ford must cope with a wicked plot to kill off practically everybody. Read full book review >
TAMPA BURN by Randy Wayne White
Released: June 1, 2004

"Still there, those homiletic digressions and faux profundities ('Communication is as rare as conversation is routine,' etc.) that have marred White's recent work. Noticeably fewer of them here, however. Hence, his best sheer storytelling in years."
In a tenth outing, Doc Ford (Everglades, 2003, etc.), the Florida marine biologist with nerdy brain and steely fists, retrieves a son and kisses off an illusion. Read full book review >
EVERGLADES by Randy Wayne White
Released: June 3, 2003

"But whatever happened to the deft storyteller who could once build such a head of narrative steam?"
Marine biologist Doc Ford is depressed. Read full book review >
TWELVE MILE LIMIT by Randy Wayne White
Released: June 3, 2002

"A promising idea undermined by helter-skelter subplots and a sometimes hectoring style whenever White launches into his increasingly inescapable soapbox digressions."
The folks at Dinkin's Bay Marina, who like to think of themselves as a family, are devastated when word reaches them about Janet Mueller. Read full book review >
SHARK RIVER by Randy Wayne White
Released: May 21, 2001

"It's a shame, because once upon a time White could tell quite a story."
Ah, the pretty women in Doc Ford's life! Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2000

"Memo to more sensitive guys: the suggestion that Dorothy may be Doc's repeatedly reincarnated astral soulmate, tragically dead less than 20 short years before they were to meet, should help you decide whether Doc's seventh adventure (The Mangrove Coast, 1998, etc.) is for you."
Key Largo bartender Della Copeland is another of that seemingly inexhaustible supply of strong-yet-vulnerable females who can't survive without the help of Dr. Marion Ford. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1999

"First-class entertainments, just outrageous enough that when White comes to spin them to his grandchildren, they won't believe a word."
Novelist White (The Mangrove Coast, 1998, etc.) skimmed the cream off his Outside magazine adventure-travel column for this collection of stouthearted, amusing essays. Read full book review >
THE MANGROVE COAST by Randy Wayne White
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"So many misplaced meanderings and wearisome digressions—on the wonders of baseball, the age of fish, the yeas and nays of cannabis, plus much more—that what results is one a competent storyteller's unfortunate lapse into literary self-indulgence."
Once more, friendship makes a move on marine biologist "Doc" Ford (North of Havana, 1997, etc.), converting the man of science into a man of action. Read full book review >
NORTH OF HAVANA by Randy Wayne White
Released: April 14, 1997

"Much manly action, lots of manly aperáus, but it's all too fast and furious to allow the distinctive pleasures of the voice White revealed in The Man Who Invented Florida (1993) and Captiva (1996). (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Just as Marion ``Doc'' Ford is at the point of dramatically improving his acquaintance with his old friend Dewey Nye (she's already got half her underwear off), his phone rings, and his even older friend, dropout prophet Tomlinson, is squawking about how the trip his pickup Julia DeGlorio talked him into taking- -from Sanibel to an island north of Cuba—turned sour when Tomlinson woke up to find they'd drifted into Cuban waters and were being held along with his beloved boat in lieu of storage charges. Read full book review >
CAPTIVA by Randy Wayne White
Released: April 2, 1996

"Ford takes every chance to stop and smell the hibiscus, and fans of tangled Florida intrigue will want to join him."
In the seconds between touching off a homemade bomb in Dinkin's Bay and giving up the ghost, Jimmy Darroux asks ``Doc'' Ford's buddy Tomlinson to ``take care of Hannah.'' But when Ford and Tomlinson make the trip to nearby Sulphur Wells to see Jimmy's salty widow, it turns out she hated him and his abuse and is delighted he's dead (and she's not the only one). Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

"Thoroughly antic, brazenly over the top."
By the time Agent Angela Walker calls on Marion ``Doc'' Ford (Sanibel Flats, 1990; The Heat Islands, 1991) to ask about his irascible uncle Tucker Gatrell—who has a long history of violence, instability, and orneriness—three men have already vanished in nearby Everglades National Park. Read full book review >
THE HEAT ISLANDS by Randy Wayne White
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

This time out, marine biologist ``Doc'' Ford (the stylish Sanibel Flats, 1990) is on hand when Marvin Rios—marina owner and spawner of the Tarpon Tournament ($80,000 first prize for biggest catch)—is found rotting in the water. Read full book review >