The Man Who Invented Florida (Doc Ford Series #3)

The Man Who Invented Florida (Doc Ford Series #3)

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by Randy Wayne White
     
 

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When solitary marine biologist Doc Ford focused his telescope on the woman inthe white boat, he didn't know his life was about to be capsized: that his conniving uncle Tucker Gatrell would discover the Fountain of Youth, that The National Enquirer would write about it, and that the law would beat down his door insearch of three missing men. But Doc Ford is about

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When solitary marine biologist Doc Ford focused his telescope on the woman inthe white boat, he didn't know his life was about to be capsized: that his conniving uncle Tucker Gatrell would discover the Fountain of Youth, that The National Enquirer would write about it, and that the law would beat down his door insearch of three missing men. But Doc Ford is about to find these things out -- the hard way. Because in the shadowy world of Southwest Florida, where gators yawn, cattle craze, and Indian bones are buried, mysteries great and small have found the man to solve them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the third Doc Ford adventure, White again seamlessly splices an offbeat west coast of Florida locale with even more offbeat inhabitants. Principal among them is Doc Ford, who operates a small biological-supply business from a lab in his stilt-supported house. Lately, Doc has tried to control his telescope viewing of a tanned, red-haired woman who skinny-dips off an offshore sailboat and to limit his beer intake to four a day. While trying to be patient with his hippie pal Thomlinson, who drops by to expound on many topics, Doc reluctantly gets involved with his Uncle Tucker, who lives up the coast in Mango. Tuck has discovered a well of healing water on his land that he claims is responsible for his old gelded horse's newly grown testicles. Smuggled into a local rest home, the water has dramatically revived the moribund sex life of his Native American buddy Joseph Egret. Tuck's trouble is his somewhat uncertain ownership of the land. While he importunes Doc for help, the local news focuses on the disappearance into the mangrove swamps of two government investigators and a much loathed TV fisherman. Like fellow Floridian Carl Hiaasen, White ( The Heat Islands ) is adept at weaving ecological concerns into an oddball narrative with no loss of steam. The fate of the three missing men, even by bizarre Florida crime fiction standards, is inspired. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Series veterans Marion ``Doc'' Ford and hippie friend Tomlinson ( Sanibel Flats , St. Martin's, 1990) become tangentially involved in the case of three men who go missing near Dinkin's Bay. The ``victims'' seem to have nothing in common except bad luck; their portion of a broader story melds with a mostly amusing plot dealing with the proposed government expansion of the Everglades National Park. White offers an eclectic vision of Florida with his laid-back prose but pays close attention to various ``characters,'' especially Marion's braggart uncle. Upbeat, literate, fascinating, and clever: manna for deeper readers.
From the Publisher
"Dick Hill has the perfect droll tone for this comic mystery." —AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312098667
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Series:
Doc Ford Series, #3
Pages:
288

Meet the Author


Randy Wayne White is a columnist for Outside Magazine, the host of "On the Water," a PBS television series, and a veteran Sanibel Island fishing guide. He lives with his family in Ft. Myers, Florida.

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Man Who Invented Florida 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
silencedogoodreturns More than 1 year ago
A great read, full of history, nuance and stories of Florida's not so distance pass before it got paved over. This book indeed showed him to be the new John MacDonald. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a shame that the books he's churning out almost 20 years later are very shallow in comparison.
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I read RWW's Doc Ford novels out of sequence starting with Hunters Moon. It had me hooked. I loved the density of character, the shared and distant past references, of all his books, but The Man Who Invented Florida is his best. Deep Rich Characters, surprising plot twists. I cared more for his characters in this one than all the others. Don't get me wrong, Sanibel Flats, and Hunter's Moon are terriffic! Dark Light is a foray into Stephen King's zones.... re-defining a ghost story. I'm still thinking about it...