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Night Moves (Doc Ford Mystery #20)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,349 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
The stunning new thriller—the twentieth Doc Ford novel—from the New York Times–bestselling author.

Both Doc Ford and his friend Tomlinson have buried secrets. Now one of those secrets is about to come alive—with a vengeance.

While trying to solve one of Florida’s most profound secrets, Doc Ford is the target of a murder attempt by someone who wants to make it look like an ac
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published September 25th 2012)
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Mar 18, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
This one is good for a fan of the series who wants more of Doc Ford’s personal life and personality and is less concerned about the satisfactions of a taut, cohesive thriller plot. At first it seems focus is going to be on the search for the crashed planes of “Flight 19”, a case of six Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared on a training flight out of Pensacola in December 1945. A local pilot is taking Ford and his old hippie buddy Tomlinson by float-plane to a remote mangrove swamp where he d ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Mar 04, 2013 Barbara Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Night Moves, the 20th in the Doc Ford series, is scheduled for publication in March and I know anyone who has read Randy Wayne White's books will want to snap it up.

White is prominent on my list of favorite authors because he creates unique and memorable characters to populate intriguing stories set around Sanibel Island, Florida. Doc Ford is a marine biologist, who readers will know has a second, secret life, and he gets involved in all kinds of dangerous investigations in and around the Everg
Rex Fuller
Aug 08, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
My first of Randy Wayne White, and not the last. The thing is, Doc Ford and Tomlinson are exactly—dead cold exactly—the types you expect to meet living on the water around Sanibel. Laid back, multi-skilled, avowed bachelors, as likely to catch clean and eat dinner as not on a given night but pretty certain to tip a few. Doc, serious but forgiving lead character with a sense of humor, and Tomlinson, not quite wacked all the way out side-kick. The characters do it here. You want to spend a weekend ...more
Jim A
Mar 13, 2013 Jim A rated it liked it
If a person has not read the first 15 or so of the Doc Ford series, they might find this to be a pretty good book. Personally, I thought White had once again found his groove with Ford after reading the first couple of chapters. But, it was a tease.

On the positive side, it's a heck of a lot better than his last two Doc Ford efforts.

On the negative side, the Doc Ford series by White is no longer on my 'must read right away' list.

Other readers might well have a different opinion.
Mar 19, 2013 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, audiobooks
I think this is my farewell to Randy Wayne White. In reading this book, the 20th of the Doc Ford series, I did something I've only done in one other instance and that is willingly skip an entry in a series. I read the first 18 books of this series. It's never been a consistent one, but I liked 8 of the first 13 books. Numbers 9, 11 and 12 were especially good. In numbers 13 through 18, there were two books that I read that rose above the mediocre line, and a couple were real duds.

I skipped numbe
Earlier this year I attended a rehearsal dinner for a wedding. The dinner was held at Doc Ford's Sanibel, Rum Bar and Grille, on Sanibel Island, Florida.

At the restaurant, the novels and other memorabilia of the author were for sale. Randy Wayne White items dominated the setting and added to the atmosphere of the restaurant.

With the publication of White's current novel "Night Moves," I was reminded of those good feelings and it made me feel that I was part of the scene of the novel's action.

In t
Mar 11, 2013 BJ rated it it was ok
A great start to the book quickly fell apart. At first I thought Randy White had his mojo back, but now I'm thinking this series is finished. Perhaps the best thing Mr. White could do is put it out of its misery and let Doc marry his girlfriend and ride off into the sunset on his new boat.

This could have been a good short story about finding a missing airplane from World War II and the fate of the crew. Of course, that is not enough to fill a book, so we are given a subplot of an assassin at th
Mar 07, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it
Doc Ford, marine biologist of note and CIA hit man, and Tomlinson, druggie and spiritual guru to many, are the oddest pair of friends in mystery fiction. How Ford avoids using his lethal skills on Tomlinson is sometimes beyond me. When both are targeted for murder (together with a pilot friend) while looking for traces of famous missing flight 19 (the five Grumman Avengers that disappeared over Florida or the sea around it toward the end of World War II), they get drawn into a couple of mysterie ...more
May 10, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
This was another one of Randy Wayne White's books I enjoyed immensely. He took legends regarding what happened to the five fighter jets that disappeared in WWII (to this day never found), along with ancient sacred native burial grounds and added in a rather sleazy romance (married woman sleeping around with several people, including Tomlinson) and also added a purported Haitian witch doctor to the mix to write a very entertaining book. He also addressed the issue of jig, or snag, fishing, which ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Paulette rated it liked it
While this book was better than RWW's last two, there's still something off. The search for missing Navy planes from 1945 was interesting, but there seemed to be too many players involved in this story. Personally, I think that Doc Ford is going through a mid-life crisis and I would like to see him back to his kick-ass glory days.
Feb 05, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
Enjoyed this book, even though the plot lines got a little muddled. This is the second of his books I've read, of about 20 in this series, but it is able to stand alone, without a lot of background knowledge. There is a cliffhanger at the end so I'll probably seek out the next in the series!
Jun 29, 2013 Tim rated it did not like it
Another disappointing RWW novel. It is hard to understand what point if any the author is conveying. I'm unsure I will bother with any more of his stories as they appear to be rapidly trending down. 2 of 10 stars
Sep 04, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Good as always
Steve Payne
Jan 19, 2017 Steve Payne rated it liked it
There's lot of wild stuff going on in this installment but it was enjoyable. Tomlinson was in rare form. The jousting between the 2 hit men grew tiresome. I enjoyed the search for Flight 19 more than the rest of the book. It had a weird ending and that's all I will say about that.
Mar 18, 2017 Greg rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. Glad the story returned to Dinkin's Bay and included the live aboards. I found the story interesting from a historical standpoint, with actual facts about Flight 19 - the missing squardron. It has the usual Do Ford twists in the story that keep you drawn in. A really good book Randy Wayne White.
Feb 26, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida-fiction
Another fun read in the series.
Gloria Feit
Mar 21, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it it was ok
This is the twentieth novel in the series featuring Marion “Doc” Ford, marine biologist, and his hipster neighbor and friend, Tomlinson [or, more formally, the Rev. Sighurdhr M. Tomlinson, an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher, among other things]. The main thrust of the plot deals with five Navy torpedo bombers that had vanished in 1945. Five planes (and fourteen men), the disappearance of which gave rise to the perhaps mythical Bermuda Triangle. There followed “the largest land-and-sea search in th ...more
Rob Kitchin
Apr 26, 2014 Rob Kitchin rated it liked it
The hook of Night Moves is the possible discovery of Flight 19, the infamous training run in 1945 in which five torpedo planes disappeared on a routine flight out of Fort Lauderdale. Whilst generally thought to be lost at sea, for the purposes of the story White postulates that they crashed into the Everglades. Finding the flight would be a major discovery, so any attempt demands a level of secrecy to stop the site being swarmed by news crews and crazies. But such is the draw, that any hint of d ...more
May 11, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#20 in the Doc Ford series. Can there be too much action. Doc gets involved with investigating the disappearance of 5 torpedo bombers of Flight 19 in Dec. 1945. Their search plane has a hard landing due to sabotage, but who gimmicked the tail controls and who was the target.
There are two new boats in the marina, a white yacht with a Braziian owner and a black Kevlar racing hull with no one aboard. Tomlinson's newest girlfriend, a still married beauty, seems to have eyes for Doc, angering both he
Robert Fritz
Jan 21, 2014 Robert Fritz rated it really liked it
This is book number 20 in the Doc Ford series by Randy. I've read all his previous Doc Ford books since Doreen and I went to Florida two years ago and I got several in a used book store and then met the author when we stayed at a B&B in Matlacha by Sanibel Island. These are GREAT books and quite the action packed series. I love his quirky characters and find myself engaged enough that unfortunately, I'll complete each of his new books in a couple of days which means I have to wait awhile til ...more
Apr 14, 2013 Phillis rated it liked it
The book was ok. I thought RWW was going to redeem himself from the last book "Gone". But then he puts Hannah Smith as a prominent character in this book. He does not know how to write about woman and he should stick to writing the Doc Ford and Tomlinson characters that we know and love. I'm not even going to go one about the end of the book. Basically the storyline was good.Doc was on the trail about why a well known assassin had docked his boat in the marina at Dinkin's Bay and who belonged to ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
There was a time when I waited for the next Doc Ford novel, pre-ordering it immediately and reading it quickly. Story lines became more incredible and dialogue became increasingly stilted. Lengthy 'deep thoughts by Doc Ford' and stolidly drawn female characters added to my diminishing interest. I even took a pass on the previous two White novels after reading scorching reviews.

I can say this is the best Randy Wayne White novel in several years. The plot is not compelling, and the 'deep thoughts'
Aug 04, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Doc Ford is a marine biologist and part-time black ops operative who lives on Sanibel Island off the coast of Florida. As this story starts, he along with friends Tomlinson and Dan Futch are looking for clues to the disappearance of Flight 19 back in 1945. Before they reach their search site, the seaplane experiences a malfunction and almost crashes. However, the malfunction is not accidental. Someone tried to kill one or all three of the friends. The remainder of the story is Doc's attempt to d ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
I grabbed this from the family bookcase without realising that there are something like 20 other books in this particular series, with this particular protagonist - and I'm thinking that's probably where I should have started: earlier. As far as murder mysteries go, this isn't much of a murder story - more like attempted murder story. I tend toward more of the gory, gutsy stories, so I found this slower thatn I liked. The characters are kind of scattered, and the women (sad to say it) can someti ...more
Gary Anderson
Sep 14, 2014 Gary Anderson rated it really liked it
Night Moves is a different kind of Doc Ford novel involving an unsolved World War II military mystery that played out in the Everglades. There are bad guys, but for the most part they are on good behavior as they try not to get caught as they hang around Dinkin’s Bay. This novel has bits and pieces of several other areas of interest, including snag fishing, Indian mounds, drug smuggling, stingrays, a missing cat, and a found dog. Author Randy Wayne White expertly juggles all of this while Doc Fo ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randy Wayne White has long been a favorite--intriguing characters and plots, interesting frame with marine biology and the background for all his missions--and this is another good entry in a fine series. One quibble: I have a note that Doc Ford's relationships with the two women in the story got to be irritating, until he sorted it out. I'd say more, but I don't want to spoil what should have been obvious to him from the first. That said, there's fascinating stuff: airplane wreckage that might ...more
Bonnie Lynn
Aug 14, 2013 Bonnie Lynn rated it it was ok
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Apr 03, 2013 Brick rated it liked it
The sense of place and flora and fauna that White describes are always enjoyable. It is, however, always frustrating to have to suffer through the dismissive way in which Doc Ford and his stoner sidekick Tomlinson relate to one another, each invariably ignoring the other's illuminating insights. As a reader, I have learned not to do that, so it is hard to understand how they can't have learned the same thing about each other over the many years. The flyleaf explains that they both have "buried s ...more
Jay Connor
Apr 23, 2013 Jay Connor rated it liked it
This latest from Randy Wayne White is less a novel and more hiding behind the mangrove trees and snooping on Doc Ford’s stilt house and the coming and goings around the marina. Ford et al are so entertaining that you don’t notice the noseeum bites until it is time to move on. And then it’s too late to ask: “what was I thinking?”

Ford has been getting fairly erratic in the last few installments and we were introduced to his new love interest, Hannah Smith, in RWW’s last stand-alone book. So perhap
Apr 15, 2015 Wanda rated it really liked it
A typical Doc Ford book. Doc goes on an adventure with Tomlinson and a friend looking for an old fighter plane and someone tries to kill them. From there he gets involved in lots more. Tomlinson meets a married woman and gets Doc involved in her problems that nearly gets him killed. He meets an international assassin who is staying on a boat at the marina and they become "friends". Tring to work out his feelings for Hannah. Also finds a dog that had been lost in the Everglades for a long time. D ...more
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Randy Wayne White (born 1950) is an American writer of crime fiction and non-fiction adventure tales. He has written best-selling novels and has received awards for his fiction and a television documentary. He is best known for his series of crime novels featuring the retired NSA agent Doc Ford, a marine biologist living on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. White has
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