Between the Lines
Who can you trust?
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.