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This is book number 2 in the Doc Ford Novels series.
In The Heat Islands, a Doc Ford novel from New York Times bestselling author Randy Wayne White, life in the Sunshine State is about to take a dark turn. . .
Marine biologist and former secret operative Doc Ford is lazily poling his skiff along Southwest Florida’s flat copper sea in search of sea anemones when he runs into the body of the most hated man on Sanibel Island: Marvin Rios. But when the community’s simplest and sweetest resident is arrested for the murder, Doc heads straight into the heart of Sanibel’s shady underworld to save his friend from being framed—and to save his beloved island from a rising tide of land-grab schemes, blood money, and violence.
"Randy Wayne White is the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald."—Tampa Tribune-Times
Praise for The Heat Islands:
"[A] taut, suspenseful tale...White makes the lure of the sea understandable to landlubbers and presents a panoramic view of southwest Florida."—Publishers Weekly
"Interesting love triangle (Doc, Dewey, and Dewey's best friend) and marine lab work, plus a decent mystery element, make White a comer in the hard-edged pantheon wherein Chandler, Lutz, et al. dwell."—Kirkus Reviews
“The rightful heir to John D. MacDonald.” —Tampa Tribune-Times
“[White] continues to portray the world of mangrove swamp, gulf, hummock islands and tidal inlets with palpable description. The characters are deftly drawn and the villain is someone you'll love to hate.” —Rocky Mountain News
“Few writers have more skillfully mingled the familiar conventions of the mystery genre with the larger, more ambitious vision of serious literature than white does.” —Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel