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The stunning new thriller from the New York Times #150;bestselling author. nbsp; When a Crow Indian acquaintance of Tomlinson's asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe, Doc Ford is happy to tag along#151;but neither Doc nor Tomlinson realize what they've let themselves in for. Their search takes them to the part of Central Florida known as Bone Valley, famous primarily for two things: a ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on. Neither enterprise tolerates nosy outsiders. For each, public exposure equals big financial losses#151;and in a region built on a million-year accumulation of bones, there is no shortage of spots in which to hide a corpse. Or two.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* There's not a lot Doc Ford hasn't done in the Florida wild, and there aren't many predators he hasn't squared off against, but up until now, he's never done any bone hunting, and he's never tangled with an angry elephant. That changes in this twenty-first installment in the series, which has lately become a staple on the New York Times best-seller list. It starts, as so many of Ford's adventures do, with his hippie guru pal Tomlinson, who hooks Doc up with a Crow Indian from Montana called Dunk, who is in Florida searching for an ancient Native American artifact believed to be in the state's legendary Bone Valley, where, millennia ago, mastodons and other pre-Columbian creatures roamed. Bone hunting is largely confined to a group of flourishing but distinctly unfriendly black marketers, making Doc's attempt to help Dunk more than a little perilous. Complicating matters further is the location of the deep pond where the fossils are thought to be: on land owned by a phosphate miner who isn't likely to share. White keeps the action churning forward as Doc encounters both human and animal foes (don't forget that elephant), but the real interest here is the archaeological backdrop. Masterfully seeding the plot with information on Florida's ancient natural history and its contemporary environmental challenges White delivers a novel that perfectly blends story and landscape. We often say that fine nonfiction has the narrative drive of a good thriller, but we rarely have occasion to say that a fine thriller has all the mind-boggling fascination of compelling nonfiction. White gives us that opportunity here. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Doc Ford has become a literary institution, with his own restaurant on Sanibel Island and now with a CBS television series in production. All that and a cracking good story will lift Ford's latest to White's familiar perch on best-seller lists.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The current controversy over phosphate mining provides the backdrop for bestseller White's solid 21st Doc Ford novel (after 2013's Night Moves). The marine biologist and former government operative receives a visit from Duncan "Dunk" Fallsdown, a Crow Indian from Montana, at his home in Sanibel Island, Fla. Dunk is searching for two black soapstone carvings that disappeared from tribal lands almost 60 years earlier. Doc's sidekick, Tomlinson, is behind Dunk's visit, and likewise behind the trio's eventual visit to Albright Key, home of phosphate magnate Leland Albright. Leland gives Doc a lesson in the relationship between phosphate mining and fossil hunting, while the others party with Leland's wife and twin daughters. A descent into the world of overzealous and unethical fossil collectors leads to a boat-napping, stolen artifacts, and increasingly dire threats from a mentally disturbed and physically disfigured biker. As usual, White does a fine job detailing Florida's unique history and geography, though this isn't one of Doc's most suspenseful adventures. Author tour. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Doc Ford is back (after Night Moves) in a series installment that will be most welcome to listeners. When a Crow Indian acquaintance asks Doc to help him fulfill the wishes of a dying relative, another adventure is afoot. Traveling to the "Bone Valley" of Central Florida, Doc and his circle of friends cross into the worlds of illegal fossils and artifacts and the phosphate industry. Murders and chases occur; an aggressive bull elephant or two even make an appearance. The interesting story moves along at a steady pace. George Guidall proves why he is one of the most accomplished narrators in the field. Verdict A worthwhile purchase.-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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