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Gone (Hannah Smith #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  1,699 Ratings  ·  280 Reviews
Hannah Smith: a tall, strong, formidable Florida woman, the descendant of generations of strong Florida women. She makes her living as a fishing guide, but her friends, neighbors, and clients also know her as an uncommonly resourceful woman with a keen sense of justice—someone who can’t be bullied—and they have taken to coming to her with their problems.

Her methods can be
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2012)
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Scott I have to say no. I think it's hard to write about Florida in a novel way without crossing themes--unless you're Carl Hiaasen!

I met Randy a few years…more
I have to say no. I think it's hard to write about Florida in a novel way without crossing themes--unless you're Carl Hiaasen!

I met Randy a few years back, and I asked him about the JDM comparisons. He was upfront that they are out there. Hell, Doc Ford has even been compared to Doc from Cannery Row.

Hannah is not Travis, and the boat that was gifted to her is not the Busted Flush. (less)

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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay to everyone who like this I'm sorry. I tried. The idea sounded like a nice solid plot and the opening scene was a good one. The action of getting the boat back to shore and leaning on how well she knew the channels and so on was good.

But I have to say that our hero's body issues tended to overpower anything else in the book. I got so tired of the discussion of her poor history with men, how she'd only "flowered" recently and her wondering if now men stared at her because they liked what th
Suzanne Fox
Dec 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
"The fact that Mrs. Whitney and I wore the same bra size—-34D—-had helped, too. It created a sisterly feeling…"

"Once I got the straps adjusted, the bra was such a soft pleasure, the way it held me…"

"...the lonely girl’s eyes move up the mirror where the woman spills out of her favorite 34D bra..."

“I had undone a third button, enough for him to see me spilling out of Mrs. Whitney’s 34D Chenille bra…”

Seriously? Seriously: Randy Wayne White is seriously smart and seriously entertaining, I seriously
Scott Soloff
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Randy Wayne White has pulled off something that I consider extremely difficult, if not impossible. White has taken a minor character from his Doc Ford series and turned her into the central character in his latest outing, "Gone". That, however, was not the impossible part. What he has managed to accomplish is a female character, the lead nonetheless, and make her come across as authentic.

This is no small task. I read mysteries almost exclusively. They are the quintessential American art form. It
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is the introduction of Hannah Smith as the private eye of a new series. I liked hanging out in her mind, appreciated her careful attention to details, her blue-collar sensibilities, but I was a bit bored over her ongoing insecurities about her attractiveness as a woman. Also her first case here was disappointing in terms of mystery and detective challenges. She grew up helping her father as a fishing guide and later in his one-man detective agency. One of her wealthy fishing guide customers ...more
Dec 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
I love this author, and would have recommended any of his books to friends in the past. In fact, I have recommended them. To date, his primary protagonist was a nature-loving marine biologist with decidedly Special Forces-like skills. This book launches a planned new series centered on Hannah, a minor character in an earlier book with a rich back-story intertwined in the history of the State of Florida. I had high hopes going into this book, since i had always enjoyed his other books. Unfortunat ...more
Rachel MacNaught
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
i'm not sure if this book is that rancid, really, it's just so unbelievably plodding and awkward i cannot imagine giving it the two stars to qualify it as 'okay'.
this guy.. wow, man. good on you, Randy White. you tried to make a female protagnist. now, you clearly only used the acting prior to a lowbudget porno as character reference, but you tried to even that playing field. and that's something, hilarious as the attempt was.
the protagonist started off okay. and when i reflect back on it, i r
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good enough to keep reading the series, as a sort of palate cleanser, slump-fighter, kind of book. You know, something that I don't have to think about but that will keep me engaged enough. But overall, this is isn't good, it's pretty cliched and inelegant.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of strong, smart, independent heroines, mystery/thriller/suspense stories, Doc Ford
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Shelves: vine-book
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of thriller/mystery/suspense novels with a truly strong woman, not just a "spunky", stubborn, and usually actually fairly silly woman.
Trigger Warnings: (implied) rape, bully, sexual predator

My Thoughts: I’ve been trying to collect the Doc Ford books for awhile, but as luck would have it, this new book in his new Hannah Smith series is the one I’ve had the chance to read first. Now I’m more determined than ever to read th
Jay Connor
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, at least, Randy Wayne White kept the setting the same for his new series, featuring Hannah Smith. Captiva, Sanibel, Pine Island Sound and the rest of the south gulf coast of Florida can certainly support two series. Especially if written by the more than able White.

The key question is can his new lead character – Hannah Smith – do these locales justice?

Well, even with a slew of references to White’s previous central character, Doc Ford, and the ever-faithful Tomlinson, and the fact that
Oct 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: female-mc, 2013
inauthentic female voice, author clearly doesn't know any women. and he really likes 34d cups. overall tone is of a salacious male fantasy.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
When an author gets a very popular series going, they almost always start another. Not a bad thing. Rex Stout tried to start one himself when Nero Wolfe became very popular, Dol Bonner. She was a little mentioned supporting character in the series. Another detective they called when Wolfe felt he needed a woman detective. He also started Tecumseh Fox, but that's another story.

It seems Randy Wayne White is trying a similar strategy. He launched a series with Hannah Smith, a friend of Doc Ford.

Susan Johnson
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
It used to be that female sleuths were ex-police and now private detectives like Kinsey Milhone and VI Warshawski. They were hardened, athletic, loners and very professional. Now any line of work provides female detectives. There are chefs and caterers, knitters, herbal doctors and now a fishing boat captain that takes tourists out. And, oh yes, on the side she solves mysteries.

Randy Wayne White has a series of novels featuring Doc Ford in the western Florida Islands. He now has a female protagn
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide in Florida. She inherited the business and a home from her uncle, Doc Ford. He was the father Hannah never had and she was the son, he never had.

Things are difficult, financially, for the fishing guide business. It's the end of the fishing season and Hannah understands that she'll probably have to get some kind of part-time job to pay the bills.

One of her wealthy fishing clients asks if she'd help find his niece, she isn't exactly missing but might be being held u
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This is the start of a new series by Randy Wayne White, one of my favorite writers. I adore Marion Ford and his hippy side-kick, Tomlinson. Hannah Smith is the fourth woman of that name in her family. Her best friend, Nathan, calls her Four. She is a strong and formidable woman, like the women who came before her. She works as a fishing guide in Florida, but is hired by one of her clients to find his niece who has gone missing. Hannah discovers Olivia has been seduced by a con artist who preys o ...more
Deanna Against Censorship
I love Randy Wayne White and Doc Ford. I wanted to love this book. I did not.

I have always thought White's weakness as an author was his female characters. That certainly is proven in Gone. Hannah 4 is filled with adolescent angst and doubts. She constantly worries about her "changing" body image. My God she is 30+ years old. Grow up already! I cannot see her as this tough fishing guide. If she is to be Doc Ford's love interest as appears from his latest book, she needs to mature. Is she smart
Fred Hughes
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an easy read and part of a series about detectives. No head jarring revelations or twists just good old gum shoe detective work.

An easy read for those lazy summer days that will eventually show up
Sparky Parker
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book, loved the Tarpon fishing part.
Craig Pittman
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Florida fishing guide turned author Randy Wayne White has penned 19 novels about ex-spy turned biologist turned crime-fighter Doc Ford. Now he sets out to create a new character -- a female counterpart to rugged, manly, always capable Doc. Her name is Hannah Smith and she's a Florida fishing guide who resembles Barbara Stanwyck. And White chooses to tell the story in the first person.

White's attempt to write in the voice of a woman is not quite believable. At times he sounds like he's channeling
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
For once a fiercely independent female protagonist that I can put my money on, in a tight spot. Hannah is a force to be reconnect with for sure. Born and raised in the southern area of the Florida keys she knows all the ins and outs of the hidden waterways for sightseeing, and the best fishing areas, all taught to her by her father. She doesn't wear high heels or name brand duds, but she's single, likely to remain so, good looking and incredible intelligent and resourceful. She has taken over hi ...more
Aug 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: a, novice, effort, from, veteran, writer
I was really looking forward to a new book by Randy Wayne White as I had to stop reading this author's previous series featuring Doc Ford, because the storylines became so farfetched. Little did I know the author would create a new series that is not even as good as the worst book in the last series? I received an early reviewer� s copy of this book and even if the continuity problems are addressed, and they need to be as there are many, this book would never have seen the light of day if it had ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend this one. I was disappointed throughout the book when both the actions and thoughts portrayed from the female point of view of the main character, Hannah Smith, felt clumsy and didn't ring true to me. While listening to an audio book I am a somewhat captive audience and usually finish a book I started; had this been print I would have been tempted to throw it across the room and highly likely to have not bothered to finish.
I expected better from Randy Wayne White, I enjoy the
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-reviews
It's been a long while since I've read a Doc Ford book, so I can't adequately compare White's previous novels to this one, but I do recall enjoying the Doc Ford series. Sadly, I'm not impressed with his attempt at a female protagonist.

I never felt that he truly got inside the mind of a woman. He wanted her tough, but sexy and she came off flighty instead. The lesbian tangents were completely unnecessary and is more male fantasy than the true thoughts that occupy a woman's mind. Not sure if White
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, audio
I really liked Hannah Smith, the main character. She is the 4th with that name. Her mother had a stroke, only tells the truth now, and is often very hurtful. A wealthy neighbor hires Hannah to find his niece, Olivia who has inherited millions of dollars. Hannah takes the assignment, putting her fishing business on hold. Finding Olivia proves harder than expected. Hannah has to go up against some very dangerous men and is threatened several times. I liked the book, but I don't understand why Hann ...more
Gail Stewart rumsey
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of the Doc Ford series and had high expectations for a Hannah Smith book. Most of the book was very good but I got bored with Hannah's musings on her past and hang-ups and experienced frustration rather than gripping suspense during scenes where she was in eminent danger and wasted precious time talking with the woman she was rescuing and wrestling with her conscience. How a competent woman accidently loses her cell phone and her gun while tracking a homicidal maniac is beyond me ...more
Lynette Barfield
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. As much as I like Randy Wayne White's books, this, in my opinion, was pathetic. Too much comparison to Hannah's aunts, too much about her ornery mother who had a stroke, too much information about the old timers, too much of everything except editing and plot and action. Doc Ford and Tomlinson barely mentioned. He needs to stick to what he does best. I thought this was a catastrophe. His name will sell it, but not for me..I really should take away a star.
Brette Sember
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Doc Ford, so I was ready to love Hannah Smith. But I just didn't somehow. And I feel really disloyal saying that. She has potential and I might pick up the next one but I found myself skimming to just get to the end. Bringing in characters from the Doc Ford books just made me wish I was reading one of those instead. The whole thing felt flat to me. I couldn't identify with her in any way. I suppose I'm a terrible old stick in the mud to be so reluctant to accept the new character!
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I found out that one of my favorite authors cannot write from a woman's point of view. He is either very sexist or just plain stupid. This one had a good plot but was horribly marred by Hannah's perception of her beauty or some man or woman's perception of her beauty. Ridiculous mess. His portrayal of alzheimers was way off and he this in the state where he should get plenty of experience with it.
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Randy Wayne White writes mystery thrillers mostly set on the west coast of Florida in the Fort Myers-Sanibel-Captiva Island area. I have read mostly all of his Doc Ford series. Gone introduces another character, Hannah Smith, some of whose descendants (also named Hannah) appeared in his Doc Ford series. If you like action thrillers you will like this book. It is great "pleasure" reading.
Mar 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
There are male authors who can write credibly from a woman's POV. Randy Wayne White is not one of them. Randy, honey, we all love Doc Ford, but if you're looking for a new protagonist, stick with the guys.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Hannah Smith is not as compelling a character as Doc Ford in this debut but there is hope that she will grow in wits and strength. I am not fond of a "perils of Pauline" heroine in a female PI novel. Give me Kinsey Millhone or V.I. Warshawsky any time.
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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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