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At the start of bestseller White's suspenseful second Hannah Smith novel (after 2012's Gone), a 100-pound tarpon leaps out of the water onto Smith's charter boat, knocking two men overboard, and Smith spots a shark heading their way. The scene sets the tone for this entertaining crime thriller in which Smith, drawn into a 20-year-old murder case and a real estate scam targeting senior citizens, tangles with pit bulls, an ax-wielding nemesis wearing a mask and a raincoat, and an industrial shredder and its drug-crazed operator. Doc Ford, the star of Night Moves and 19 other White novels, occasionally pops up as Smith's love interest, but it's Smith's gutsy, no-nonsense attitude and fierce loyalty to her mother, Loretta, and her crime-solving pal, deputy sheriff Liberty Tupplemeyer, that gives the story its heart. White's evocative descriptions of life on Florida's Gulf Coast, both human and animal, win this series its rightful place in the ever-popular Florida crime fiction genre. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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*Starred Review* Introduced in Gone (2012), fishing guide and sometime PI Hannah Smith returns, and her plate is full. Her willful and sometimes flaky mother is driving her crazy, and Hannah has decided that she's in love with Doc Ford, star of White's other series. But Doc takes off unexpectedly for Venezuela, and Hannah's life becomes far dicier: a bogus charity that is scamming senior citizens is really a front for a real-estate-development scheme that could wipe out Hannah's tiny home town, and the people behind the scheme are utterly ruthless. Strong-willed and tough-minded, Hannah is also suspicious of just about everyone she encounters, and some of these suspicions function as red herrings. Bogus charities and rapacious real-estate developers are as quintessentially Florida as orange juice, but White also tosses in other Florida verities, including willful destruction of ecological and anthropological treasures, industrial-scale Medicare fraud, and the heyday of Florida drug smuggling and its tragic impact on thousands of Floridians. But the reliance on familiar themes in Florida crime fiction is no quibble; Hannah brings a fresh perspective to White's much-loved southwest Florida world.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist