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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.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist
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In this disappointing thriller, bestseller White (Chasing Midnight and 18 other Doc Ford novels) introduces Hannah Smith, the fourth in a line of women of the same name, all denizens of Florida's Gulf Coast. When a wealthy client of Hannah's fishing-guide business asks her to find his missing 30-year-old niece, Olivia Seasons, Hannah dusts off the investigative skills she developed working with her late PI uncle. Aided by gay friend Nathan Pace, she probes alcoholic socialites and secret sex cruises on the hunt for Ricky Meeks, the sadistic grifter last seen with Olivia. Oddly girlish and unprofessional, effusively discussed in terms of her beauty, clothing, and bra size, Hannah never rings true as a strong woman, while the tepid mystery gives neither her savvy nor White's storytelling much chance to shine. Cameo appearances by Doc Ford-Hannah's new love interest-and his sidekick, Tomlinson, as well as an action sequence set in the Ten Thousand Islands, offer welcome reminders of the author's true gifts. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.