Night Moves

Randy Wayne White. Putnam, $26.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-399-15812-4
The enduring puzzle of Flight 19—five Navy torpedo bombers that disappeared on a training flight on December 5, 1945, off the Florida coast—propels bestseller White’s captivating 20th Doc Ford novel (after 2012’s Chasing Midnight). Seaplane pilot Dan Futch thinks the answer to Flight 19’s fate may lie in an unusual Everglades location near some Indian mounds and a mysterious field of human bones. Fortunately, before Futch takes off with Ford and Ford’s sidekick, Tomlinson, Futch notices that someone has sabotaged his plane. But who was the intended target? Meanwhile, back home in Dinkin’s Bay, Ford must contend with a host of shady characters, including a putative film maker, a skilled assassin, and a Haitian drug dealer. “The fact that unexplained elements are noted within a similar time frame while in the field does not guarantee those elements are linked or even significant,” Ford muses, but his survival may depend on figuring out those possible links in this intriguing installment. Agent: Esther Newberg, International Creative Management. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/14/2013
Release date: 03/05/2013
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