Be­tween the Lines

Who can you trust?

RSWLiving - - Departments - BY DOUG GAL­LO­GLY

Scams and Mur­der

Apleas­ant morn­ing fish­ing char­ter is cut short when a 6-foot-long tar­pon jumps over the boat and knocks her two clients into the wa­ter, where a hun­gry shark is lurk­ing. This would be enough to send the av­er­age char­ter cap­tain straight to the near­est bar, but Hannah Smith is not av­er­age, and her day has just be­gun.

De­ceived (G.P. Put­nam’s Sons, Sept. 2013, $26.95) is the new­est novel from Sani­bel au­thor Randy Wayne White, and our sec­ond glimpse into the world of Hannah Smith, fish­ing guide, part- time pri­vate de­tec­tive and Marion “Doc” Ford’s cur­rent love in­ter­est.

Hannah is ac­cus­tomed to her un­usual life, with a mother who since her stroke is un­pre­dictable and some­times ir­re­spon­si­ble, and a boyfriend who works as a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist but is cau­tious about get­ting too close. She is not ac­cus­tomed to be­ing chased through a blood-spat­tered, torn-apart house by a masked per­son with an axe. When the po­lice ar­rive, time has passed and the house has been cleaned. But the owner—an old friend of her mother’s—is still miss­ing. As Hannah in­ves­ti­gates, she finds a bo­gus char­ity, in­tent on scam­ming her el­derly neigh­bors out of their prop­erty, that’s run by peo­ple who will stop at noth­ing to achieve their goal. With new friends she’s not sure she can trust, and old friends who seem to have dark se­crets of their own, Hannah presses on, ig­nor­ing the in­creas­ing dan­ger as she searches for the truth.

Randy Wayne White is an un­stop­pable force, who plays base­ball, surfs and some­how still finds time to keep writ­ing best­selling books that take read­ers through South­west Florida’s coastal set­tings. We’ve got­ten to know “Doc” Ford and his ec­cen­tric best friend Tom­lin­son, but with Hannah Smith, White has brought a new char­ac­ter and level of ex­cite­ment to the world he cre­ated. De­ceived is an hon­est thrill ride! Doug Gal­lo­gly lives with his wife, Jackie, in Fort My­ers.

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