Night Vision

Randy Wayne White, Author
Randy Wayne White, Putnam, $25.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-399-15705-9
Reviewed on: 12/20/2010
Release date: 02/01/2011
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4618-2514-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-4498-5655-7
Open Ebook - 368 pages - 978-1-101-48639-9
Hardcover - 478 pages - 978-1-61173-047-0
Mass Market Paperbound - 425 pages - 978-0-425-24575-0
Compact Disc - 978-0-14-242891-7
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In White's intelligent, fast-paced 18th Doc Ford thriller (after Deep Shadow), Doc's hipster friend, Tomlinson, persuades Doc to help an extraordinary 13-year-old girl, Tula Choimha, recently arrived at a Florida trailer park from Guatemala. Tula, who speaks with God and whose patron saint is Joan of Arc, is determined to find her mother and brother, who came to America months earlier but have disappeared. People who get to know Tula believe she is special, blessed, even a saint—except for the sleazy, steroid-infused trailer park landlord, Harris Squires. Fearful that the discovery of some human remains inside an alligator carcass will implicate him in a crime witnessed by Tula, the paranoid Harris kidnaps Tula and takes off. Doc sets out to rescue Tula, but standing in his way is a menacing gangbanger, Victorino, and Harris's vicious girlfriend, Frankie. White balances the sordid criminal activities with plenty of intriguing wildlife lore. The bond that Tula forms with her captor adds poignancy. (Feb.)
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