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

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In this third volume in the Doc Ford series, Doc Ford reluctantly gets involved with his Uncle Tucker, who becomes a suspect when two government agents and a despised TV fisherman disappear in the Florida Everglades.

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Overview

In this third volume in the Doc Ford series, Doc Ford reluctantly gets involved with his Uncle Tucker, who becomes a suspect when two government agents and a despised TV fisherman disappear in the Florida Everglades.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
Chicago Tribune
A consummate storyteller...A must-read.
NY Times Book Review
High-spirited adventure...Loopy and lovable characters.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Bubbles like a fountain of wit...A wildly invintive storyteller whose witty, offbeat novels come packed with pleasure.
Tampa Tribune-Times
Prose as fresh and pungent as a salty breeze. Everything builds to a suspenseful, plausible and satisfying conclusion. And one finds oneself eager to spend more time with doc Ford, exploring the perplexing moral shoals of life in modern Florida.
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"Dick Hill has the perfect droll tone for this comic mystery." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400146703
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/9/2010
  • Series: Doc Ford Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Wayne White

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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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    A great read, full of history, nuance and stories of Florida's n

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    save the best for last

    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...

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