The ghosts of a 1925 multiple murder stalk Doc Ford in this electrifying novel in the New York Times–bestselling series.
Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. A legendary charter captain and guide named Tootsie Barlow has come to him, muttering about a curse. The members of his extended family have suffered a bizarre series of attacks, and Barlow is convinced it has something to do with a multiple murder in 1925, in which his family had a shameful part.
Ford doesn’t believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder...and probing the mind of a madman.
At issue in bestseller White's entertaining, if less than compelling, 24th novel featuring marine biologist and sometime government agent Marion "Doc" Ford (after 2016's Deep Blue) is the fate of Florida Everglades property owned by retired fishing guide Tootsie Barlow. Barlow's property is near Marco Island, which during Prohibition was the site of a war between bootleggers, such illegal activities as human smuggling (mostly Chinese), and the 1925 disappearance of Deputy J.H. Cox, who may have murdered a woman a few years earlier, along with his whole family. Barlow's ancestors were involved in the bootlegging battle, and Doc's sometime lover, Hannah Smith, is a descendant of the murder victim. Now Barlow's few remaining relatives are meeting with fatal accidents, and Doc and his "boat bum hipster pal," Tomlinson, head to Marco Island to investigate. There they confront a number of human monsters controlled by a most unlikely mastermind, who takes an interest in Hannah that's something of a stretch in this fragmented adventure. Author tour.
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This was a strange one. Not the best of the series.
This is the worst book I have ever read. I didn't even finish this horrible book. It was Disjointed and nonsensical. Retire and enjoy yourself. Your writing years are over! 😂 Marcia brown
Poorly conceived and written
Read all of the Doc Fords thus far and this one was not up to par. I was in a constant state of confusion as to who was doing what, to whom, and where. RWW did a poor job on this one.