Dark Light

Dark Light

Book - 2006
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I magine hurricane winds over the Sahara Desert, preceded by a cavalry of tornadoes. Imagine dunes flattened, then resculpted. Then imagine all that at the bottom of the sea.

A Category Four hurricane has swept the west coast of Florida, creating havoc, changing lives, and reshaping the ocean bottom. Well-known reefs and wrecks have been covered up-and new ones have emerged. The old woman who visits Doc Ford's lab late one night has a haunting story, of a loved one lost while rendezvousing with a German submarine off the coast of Florida sixty years earlier, of her belief that he was being blackmailed and that the storm has given her a second chance to prove his innocence by uncovering the wreck of his boat-and the truth-if only Ford would look for it. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and sets in motion a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men want those things, men willing to commit terrible acts to get them. And the woman herself-the woman is not what she seems. . . .

Rich with passion and vivid, pungent prose, and some of the best characters found in suspense fiction today, Dark Light is a thriller of uncommon intensity.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2006.
ISBN: 9780399153365
0399153365
Characteristics: x, 336 p.

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newsie26
Mar 22, 2008

My first, but not my last, Doc Ford novel from White. I was captivated by the "Film Noir" feeling of the book, with the mysterious Garbo-type woman and the story line of a ship sunk in the waters off Captiva Island, Sanibel and Ft. Myers during a World War II-era hurricane and then uncovered by a recent hurricane. Interesting historical notes about a German presence in the coastal area. The next time I'm in the western Florida area, I will look at those waters through different eyes.

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mtleema
Oct 20, 2006

After reading the latest in the Doc Ford series, I continue to be a fan, although White's writing is getting a little more dogmatic and terse. He gets on a bit of a tear about the government's lack of response to natural disasters, but it seems a little too removed from the storyline.

There is also a gaping hole left in the story regarding a key female character that bothers me - perhaps she'll show up in later books.

Otherwise, another great Doc Ford book - I like the characters and look forward to what happens in their lives.

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