Sweet Peril

Tread care­fully, White’s Han­nah Smith re­turns

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“The sum­mer be­fore I started this novel, on a day of nine­ty­de­gree heat, two pals and I landed a Maule sea­plane in a re­mote bay and waded ashore to ex­plore the only chunk of high ground for many, many miles.” ―Au­thor’s note, Se­duced

How dan­ger­ous are or­anges? Capt. Han­nah Smith would quickly have an­swered “not at all,” un­til she was pulled into the com­plex and sur­pris­ingly dan­ger­ous Florida cit­rus in­dus­try. Se­duced by Randy Wayne White (2016, G.P. Put­nam’s Sons, $27) is a tale of greed and de­cep­tion in which one of Han­nah’s child­hood mem­o­ries may cost her ev­ery­thing. Han­nah Smith is a fish­ing guide and part-time pri­vate de­tec­tive ac­cus­tomed to dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions. When she asks a cit­rus pathol­o­gist friend about trou­ble with her or­ange trees, she learns of the in­dus­try’s des­per­ate search to pre­vent cit­rus green- ing that is en­dan­ger­ing groves across Florida. Han­nah tells her friend of an old or­ange tree she saw on a re­mote man­grove is­land while ex­plor­ing with her grand­fa­ther as a child, and dis­cov­ers that her mem­ory may lead to the long-sought cure. The search for the tree be­gins and Han­nah soon finds that the nat­u­ral hazards―even from a gi­ant Burmese python―are out­weighed by the hu­man ones. Others have heard of the tree and they will do any­thing to get to it first. Can Han­nah pre­vail? Se­duced is Randy Wayne White’s fourth story fea­tur­ing Han­nah Smith. A long­time Sani­bel/Pine Is­land res­i­dent and au­thor of the pop­u­lar Doc Ford se­ries, White uses his de­tailed knowl­edge of South­west Florida and metic­u­lous re­search to bring life to his words, trans­form­ing this story into a real ex­pe­ri­ence. If this is your in­tro­duc­tion to Han­nah Smith, you will surely pur­sue a long-term re­la­tion­ship.

Doug Gal­lo­gly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife, Jackie.

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