Deceived (Hannah Smith Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times–bestselling series from the author of the Doc Ford novels.



A twenty-year-old unsolved murder from Florida’s pothauling days gets Hannah Smith’s attention, but so ...
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Deceived (Hannah Smith Series #2)

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Overview

Hannah Smith returns in the stunning new adventure in the New York Times–bestselling series from the author of the Doc Ford novels.



A twenty-year-old unsolved murder from Florida’s pothauling 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 whoever’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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Her second case finds Sanibel PI Hannah Smith (Gone, 2012) just as attractive, just as game and just as clueless. You know your day isn't off to a good start when a giant tarpon lands on the deck of your fishing boat and sweeps your two latest clients into the shark-infested waters. But even after Hannah fishes out Delmont Chatham and Joel Ransler, things continue to go wrong. Her difficult mother, Loretta, is even more fretful than usual because she hasn't heard from her old friend and bingo partner Rosanna "Pinky" Helms. Loretta's new neighbor, Dr. Alice Candor, seems determined to harass both Loretta and Hannah, maybe even to the point of getting Loretta's house condemned and Loretta committed. And since Dr. Candor and her ineffectual CPA husband, Raymond, have already pled guilty to a slew of felonies concerning their house-of-cards health care empire back in Ohio, her enmity is serious business. There are bright spots along the way. Ransler, unmasked as a special prosecutor for neighboring Senatee County, hires the inexperienced Hannah, who inherited her private eye's license from her uncle Jake, to investigate Fisherfolk, a charitable organization so patently bogus that Pinky's no-account children, Mica and Crystal, are listed as directors along with Levi Thurloe, the mentally challenged giant Hannah protected from bullying when they were in school together. And Hannah enjoys a few sweet nights with longtime series hero Doc Marion Ford (Night Moves, 2013, etc.) before he takes off for Venezuela and leaves her with only Deputy Liberty Tupplemeyer for help. The two strong women bond affectingly, but they're no great shakes as detectives. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101595619
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Hannah Smith Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 19,887
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White
RANDY WAYNE WHITE is the author of twenty Doc Ford novels, most recently Night Moves; the Hannah Smith novel Gone; and four collections of nonfiction. He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Hannah in action

    This is a character whois coming into her own -- a woman to be admired. More Hannah Smith,please.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    "Deceived, a Hannah Smith series by Randy Wayne White is an

    "Deceived, a Hannah Smith series by Randy Wayne White is an action packed follow up to "Gone". So much happens in the first 60 pages that I couldn't put it down. White is a seasoned writer and does what he does best. He creates memorable characters that have their own voice, a sense of place, a connection to community and their own past and they are lasting. Hannah Smith is likable and down to earth, not the sophisticated, over-the-top aggressive type. She's a private eye / fishing guide who takes care of her funny and peculiar Mother Loretta. They share an old cracker house on an ancient Indian shell mound somewhere on Florida's Gulf Coast. Hannah is in her thirties, tall with black hair and big feet and she has some interesting friends, Tomlinson and Marion (Doc) Ford among them. Hannah comes from an old Florida family known for strong willed, self reliant women. Whether she's on the water or on the trail discovering the truth about drug runners, scams or murder, Hannah gets herself into dangerous circumstances where she has to rely on her instincts to escape. The dog chasing scene in an abandoned house is chilling!

    Randy Wayne White is the New York Times best selling author of twenty Doc Ford books. His knowledge of Florida terrain and history are perfect backdrops for his mystery thrillers and his characters whether they inhabit Doc Ford's Dinkin's Bay or Hannah Smith's Sulphur Wells. The people become your friends and the places become your home. "Deceived" is a winner!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    RETURNED BOOK

    I returned the book because I lost the original copy at my local library. I bought the book with my 25$.00 gift card. I brought the book back to my local barnes & noble store and they shipped it back to you. They said you would give me credit with a new gift card. This was about a month ago. PLEASE REPLY BACK jOHN.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    I loved Hannah Smith, the main character. She¿s smart, tough, an

    I loved Hannah Smith, the main character. She’s smart, tough, and she cares about the people of her community. This book is the second Hannah Smith novel. I have not read the first but I enjoyed this one so much I plan to find the first one. The book take place in the Sanibel and Captiva Islands area of southwestern Florida. Hannah is a fishing guide and private detective, having inherited her uncle’s business when he passed away. Her family has lived in the area for generations, one of many families that made their living fishing until fishing regulations twenty years ago caused some families to turn to pot-hauling and worse to make ends meet.

    Hannah’s mother convinces her to check on an old friend after her mother does not hear from the friend for a couple of days. When Hannah gets to the home, which is located in an isolated area, she finds that the front door has been broken with an ax. When she goes inside to look for her mother’s friend she is attacked by two pit bulls and a person in a mask and raincoat wielding an ax. She escapes and returns with the police to find that the house has been cleaned up. The body of her mother’s friend is found in a pond on the property. While Hannah is being questioned by the police her fishing client from the day before shows up. It turns out he is the county special prosecutor. He appears to be romantically interested in Hannah even though after she lets him know she is already in a relationship. He hires Hannah in her role of private detective to help investigate some possible cases of fraudulent charities targeting the elderly. Hannah’s mother and her friends are among those targeted by one of the charities so Hannah takes the case. In addition, Hannah’s mother’s new neighbors are harassing her mother about her garden. The new neighbors somehow able to get permits which allowed them to destroy an ancient Indian shellmound to build their mansion. When a local police officer begins asking questions about what happened to the artifacts on the site Hannah joins her in investigating the new owners and where they dumped the shellmound. It turns out the new neighbors have a shady past. Hannah ends up with several close calls before putting the pieces together to solve the murder and find the people behind the charity fraud.

    Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Must read book

    Loved the story. Always interesting to read about the Florida area with fishing guides and mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Unlikely choices throughout book, weak ending

    A pleasant enough read, but the main characters made unlikely choices throughout the book, especially the deputy who should have known better. The ending seems to have been phoned in. There were several options for a good ending, but Mr. White (or his co-writer) took the easy way out and left us with a very flat final chapter.

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