Seduced (A Hannah Smith Novel #4) (Paperback)
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A five-hundred-year-old mystery and a twenty-year-old murder haunt Hannah Smith in a stunning adventure by the author of the New York Times-bestselling Doc Ford novels.
A fishing guide and part-time investigator, Hannah Smith is a tall, strong Florida woman descended from many generations of tall, strong Florida women. But the problem before her now is much older even than that. And its consequences are lethal.
Five hundred years ago, Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange seeds in Florida, but now the billion-dollar industry is in trouble. The trees are dying, weakened by infestation and genetic manipulation, and the only solution might be somehow, somewhere to find sample of the original root stock.
No one is better equipped to traverse the swamps and murky backcountry of Florida than Hannah, but once word leaks out of her quest, the trouble begins. "There are people who will kill to find a direct descendant of those first seeds," she is warned--and it looks like those words may be all too prophetic.
That is, if the secrets she discovers in the Florida wild about a twenty-year-old murder don't kill her first.
Or the fifteen-foot-long Burmese python.
About the Author
Besides the Hannah Smith novels Gone, Deceived, and Haunted, Randy Wayne White is the author of twenty-four Doc Ford novels, most recently Cuba Straits, Deep Blue, and Mangrove Lightning. He has also published four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere. In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about the author's trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the Best of the Fest award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival, then was bought by PBS and broadcast in the spring and summer of 2003. A veteran fishing guide who at one time had his own local PBS show, White lives on Sanibel Island, Florida.
PRAISE FOR SEDUCED
“Her fourth outing may be her best to date, with a particularly effective climactic sequence that knots together every menace, and every sorrow, she faces.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of mysteries that show an appreciation of the great outdoors will love this gun-toting, plane-flying, boat-living heroine.”— Booklist
“A tale of citrus, pythons, and intrigue [with] a breathless and nightmarish finale. By the closing chapter of Seduced, Hannah Smith’s life will be changed in ways she couldn’t have imagined.” — Tampa Bay Times
“Pythons, orange trees of ancient stock, infidelity, madness, and greed. Is that all there is? Well, no. There is Mr. White’s gloriously complicated, totally unglamorous, and fiercely independent Hannah Smith.” — Florida Weekly
PRAISE FOR THE HANNAH SMITH SERIES
“Hannah Smith is a big woman, tall and strong, a fishing guide and a part-time investigator. She traces her Southwest Florida family back generations—the area’s history is hers as well. She is a perfect foil for Doc Ford. Each is reliable, steadfast, boat- and weather-savvy, and neither can pass up a wrong that needs righting.” —Orlando Sentinel
“Hannah’s strength is just one of the facets of her character that has fans excited. Extremely well written, filled with suspense . . . a memorable character.” —Suspense Magazine
“Randy Wayne White has made Florida’s Gulf Coast an iconic part of crime fiction with his Doc Ford novels—and here proves Hannah has found her place in crime fiction, too.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“It’s Smith’s gutsy, no-nonsense attitude and fierce loyalty that gives the story its heart. White’s evocative descriptions of life on Florida’s Gulf Coast, both human and animal, win this series its rightful place in the ever-popular Florida crime fiction genre.” —Publishers Weekly
“Breathtaking, harrowing, and immensely suspenseful, the chills and thrills of Haunted will leave readers smiling. Some of Mr. White’s best writing ever.” —Florida Weekly
“Strong-willed and tough-minded, fishing guide and sometime PI Hannah Smith returns [to] bring a fresh perspective to White’s much-loved Southwest Florida world.” —Booklist