Dark Light

Dark Light

Book - 2007
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Imagine 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 4 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--and new ones have emerged.
    From one such wreck, marine biologist Doc Ford and his friends make a chance discovery that will have a monumental effect--a cluster of mysterious objects that lead to an equally mysterious woman and her ancient, gray-gabled estate of a beach house.
     The woman weaves a haunting story of a loved one lost, and her chance to uncover the truth if Ford will help salvage the boat, named Dark Light , which sank without explanation in the hurricane of 1944. Intrigued, Ford agrees, and begins a chain of events that will change his life forever. For there are other things in that wreck as well, and other men who want them, men willing to commit terrible acts. And the woman herself--the woman is not what she seems. . . .
    Filled with passion and vivid, pungent prose and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Dark Light is a thriller of uncommon intensity.
Publisher: New York : Berkeley, 2007.
ISBN: 9780425214442
0425214443
Characteristics: x, 333 p. ; 20 cm.

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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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