Doc Ford

Created by Randy Wayne White

MARION "DOC" FORD is the protagonist of several novels by Fort Meyers fishing guide, Outside magazine columnist and former cheezoid potboiler author (under the names Randy Stryker and Carl Ramm) Randy Wayne White. Ford is a former government agent/triggerman who currently runs a marine biology supply business from a stilt house in Dinkins Bay, Sanibel, Florida. Though he yearns for the quiet, contemplative life of the scientist, his past, and the talents it armed him with, keeps popping up.

Of current Florida crime fiction authors, White is probably second only to James Hall (see Thorn) in terms of literary quality. The Man Who Invented Florida, the third Ford book, is a fucking lyrical masterpiece. The fourth, Captiva, is one of the most hellishly violent South Florda novels ever written.

By the way, I am at a loss to explain the value of White's books on the collector's market. Sanibel Flats, now commanding prices well over $1000, was published in 1990. The first printing was small, which goes part of the way toward explaining its current value, but still, over a grand for an eight-year-old book? I dunno.


  • "(Randy Wayne White is) the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald."

-- The Tampa Tribune-Times



  • Randy Wayne White's Ultimate Tarpon Book: The Birth of Big Game Fishing
    (2010; by White and Carlene Fredericka Brennen).. Buy this book

  • Randy Wayne White's Gulf Coast Cookbook
    (2013; by White and Carlene Fredericka Brennen).. Buy this book

Includes more than 125 recipes with photos of the real Tarpon Bay and the most appetizing food-related passages from this acclaimed writer's essays and novels.


Randy Wayne White's own official website has an author biography, descriptions of the Doc Ford books along with White's comments (did you know that "The Man Who Invented Florida" was his favorite?), and reviews. Does the community of Dinkin's Bay really exist? White urges you to "Read the books and decide for yourselves..."

Respectfully submitted by Paul Bergin. Also, thanks to Bluefox808 for the heads-up.

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