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In Gone (2012), White introduced fishing guide Hannah Smith, hinting that she was interested in a relationship with marine biologist Doc Ford, the hero of White's acclaimed main series. Those hints almost come to fruition in the twentieth Ford novel, despite Ford's conviction that his other job, covert ops, won't mix with relationships. There are other roadblocks to romance, starting with a psycho convinced that Ford's opposition to jig-fishing for tarpon has cost him his shot at becoming a big-time documentarian. Then there's Ford's obsession with the disappearance of five U.S. Navy torpedo bombers in 1945, and finally, the presence on Ford's Sanibel Island home turf of a mysterious Brazilian who may also dabble in covert ops. Any of these plot strands might have made a novel in itself, and White has some trouble balancing them all. Still, for series fans, the overabundance of plot won't matter a whit. Call it a transitional episode with lots of distractions, if you must, but fans will still be riveted by Ford and Hannah's tango-like mating dance. And the climax is a corker, too. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Over his last several Doc Ford novels, White has vaulted to mainstream bestseller stauts. This one is likely to maintain the pattern.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist
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The enduring puzzle of Flight 19-five Navy torpedo bombers that disappeared on a training flight on December 5, 1945, off the Florida coast-propels bestseller White's captivating 20th Doc Ford novel (after 2012's Chasing Midnight). Seaplane pilot Dan Futch thinks the answer to Flight 19's fate may lie in an unusual Everglades location near some Indian mounds and a mysterious field of human bones. Fortunately, before Futch takes off with Ford and Ford's sidekick, Tomlinson, Futch notices that someone has sabotaged his plane. But who was the intended target? Meanwhile, back home in Dinkin's Bay, Ford must contend with a host of shady characters, including a putative film maker, a skilled assassin, and a Haitian drug dealer. "The fact that unexplained elements are noted within a similar time frame while in the field does not guarantee those elements are linked or even significant," Ford muses, but his survival may depend on figuring out those possible links in this intriguing installment. Agent: Esther Newberg, International Creative Management. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.