Gone (Hannah Smith Series #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White introduces Hannah Smith—a lady with the heart and courage to take on the world…

Hannah Smith is a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice, as someone who can’t be bullied—and they ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White introduces Hannah Smith—a lady with the heart and courage to take on the world…

Hannah Smith is a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice, as someone who can’t be bullied—and they have taken to coming to her with their problems.

Her methods can be unorthodox, though, and those on the receiving end of them often wind up very unhappy—and sometimes very violent. When a girl goes missing, and Hannah is asked to find her, that is exactly what happens…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
White takes a break from his New York Times best-selling Doc Ford books to launch a new series starring Hannah Smith, one tough cookie first seen as a secondary character in White's Captiva. Here, Smith is asked to find a missing girl. Never fear, White keeps us in Florida.
Kirkus Reviews
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. All that Olivia Tatum Seasons has to do to inherit $90 million from her late father's estate is sign a few papers. Since she hasn't responded to phone calls asking her to do so, and her own fortnightly calls to check in with her executor's office have been telegraphic, her uncle, Lawrence Seasons, suspects that her disappearance from the Ten Thousand Islands wasn't entirely under her own control. He wants Hannah Smith to track down his niece. Hannah's main qualification for the job seems to be the unflappable way she brought in her fishing boat from a sudden storm that threatened her clients, Seasons and his lawyer, Martha Calder-Shaun. No sooner has Hannah taken on the job, however, than new qualifications emerge. She's sensitive and well-enough connected to extract some very personal information from local landowner Elka Whitney, savvy enough to zero in on Ms. Whitney's handyman/boy toy, Ricky Meeks, as Olivia's likeliest companion, and beautiful enough to snag an interview to be first mate of the Sybarite, a cruise ship that offers its well-heeled patrons an exceptional level of, um, personal service. Just as every step brings Hannah closer to Ricky and presumably Olivia, every step provokes further reflections and flashbacks that flesh out Hannah's personality. The only ingredients missing are suspense and surprise: Hannah's quest moves so deliberately that she might as well be swimming underwater, which she could no doubt do perfectly. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261293
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Hannah Smith Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 202,999
  • Product dimensions: 4.26 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White

RANDY WAYNE WHITE is the author of the Doc Ford novels, five nonfiction collections, and a cookbook. He was a light-tackle fishing guide on Sanibel Island for thirteen years, and a monthly columnist for Outside magazine. He lives and works on Sanibel Island, Florida

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Randy Wayne White has proven once again that he knows what he's

    Randy Wayne White has proven once again that he knows what he's doing when it comes to writing successful thrillers. Already a New York Times best selling author for his Doc Ford series, GONE is the first book in a new series with female protagonist Hannah Smith who is a fishing guide turned private eye. Hannah Smith is ethical, strong, independent and vulnerable. She isn't the shoot 'em up bang bang type of heroine but more of a loner and a thinker.I could relate to her. I've read a lot of books and haven't come across any character like Hannah Smith before. GONE is hard to put down. In fact, I've read it twice already!

    Hannah inherits a small investigation business from her deceased Uncle Jake. She has no plans to do anything with the business until one day while taking out a wealthy fishing client she has to escape a dangerous storm and the excitement begins. Unknown to Hannah this rich client knew her Uncle Jake. Impressed by Hannah's nerve and character, he plans to approach her about finding his niece who is missing. A somewhat reluctant Hannah accepts her first job as a private eye and the action begins.


    The story takes place on Florida's gulf coast, a perfect back drop for Randy Wayne White's expertise when creating action on the water and dangerous situations. White writes with a poet's eye when describing Florida atmosphere and island places. I found the author's ability to get inside a woman's mind intriguing. Hannah has jet black hair, big feet and unusual friends. Her choice of transportation is her boat. When she isn't on the trail for clues, she's home taking care of her crazed superstitious mother Loretta who hears voices from the dead and sometimes acts out unpredictably. GONE is a thrill ride with bad guys, island characters and funny dialog along the way. The book ends on a perfect note. I'd read another Hannah Smith book in a heartbeat!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    The second in a row that gets too wrapped up in details and beco

    The second in a row that gets too wrapped up in details and becomes boring. Not like thew old Doc Ford action stories.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Avoid Florida fishing guide Hannah Smith is a formidable woman

    Avoid

    Florida fishing guide Hannah Smith is a formidable woman who loves to be out on the water. But when millionaire Lawrence Seasons asks Hannah to locate his niece Olivia, she will come into contact with a host of interesting people. But is Olivia simply hiding from the world – or is it something more sinister?

    The protagonist of Hannah Smith was uninteresting. The dialog was nonsensical. Hannah’s internal monologue droned on about miscellaneous personal anecdotes. And the plot…well, that’s the funny thing. There wasn’t one. There was some mention of a missing niece, but after several chapters there was absolutely no conflict or obstacle to overcome. White is simply describing Hannah’s day-to-day life that might be interesting to her, but it isn’t interesting to anybody else.

    I haven’t read any of White’s previous works, but Gone isn’t giving me any desire to start. There is much better PI fiction to be had out there. Don’t waste your time on this one.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Good story but too much information

    A good story with good characters, good plot, great location in Florida and a Randy Wayne White story line. But, too much information on the protagonist's breasts and her, er ...ah, well, personal private pleasures ...OK, enough said. I'm not sure I'll read the next one about White''s new heroine and stick to Doc Ford's books.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    This was not one of MR. White's best books, but it was entertaining reading. I would recommend it

    As a male reader who enjoys the macho male heros of other authors, I
    actually liked the female character. Sometimes I think White was too
    descriptive in the clothing she wore or the decorations in a certain
    situation to the point that it distracted from the flow of the plot.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    Well written, kept my interest throughout. The plot didn't go o

    Well written, kept my interest throughout. The plot didn't go overboard with implausible situations.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Amy

    Training center

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    excellent

    Everything he writes is great .

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    BORING IS RIGHT!!! Hannah and her Homosexual friend (Nathan) do

    BORING IS RIGHT!!! Hannah and her Homosexual friend (Nathan) do some investigating. I prefer the Doc Ford Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Boring .....

    First book I've read by this author ... will probably be the last. Read first 100 pages and felt I was wasting my time. I don't think the author was able to relate to the main character, a woman.

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