Randy Wayne White

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Randy Wayne White (born 1950) is an American writer of crime fiction and non-fiction adventure tales.[1] He has written New York Times 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,[2] a marine biologist living on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida. White has contributed material on a variety of topics to numerous magazines and has lectured across the United States. A resident of Southwest Florida since 1972, he currently lives on Pine Island, where he is active in South Florida civic affairs and with the restaurant Doc Ford's Sanibel Rum Bar & Grill [3][4] on nearby Sanibel Island.


White was born in Ashland, Ohio, and spent his early life on a small farm outside Pioneer, Ohio. His summers were spent in Rockingham, North Carolina, his mother's hometown. In the 1960s his family moved to Davenport, Iowa,[5] where White attended Davenport Central High School and competed in baseball, football, and springboard diving. After graduating in 1968, he spent time in travel before settling in Southwest Florida in 1972. After "traveling" for five years after high school, White worked for the Fort Myers News-Press for four years during which time he obtained a captain's license. He then bought a used charter boat and operated as a light-tackle fishing guide at the Tarpon Bay Marina on Sanibel Island for thirteen years.[citation needed]

Literary career[edit]

White began writing novels while working as a fishing guide. He wrote seven novels under the pen name Randy Striker and eleven novels under the pen name Carl Ramm. After the federal government closed Tarpon Bay to powerboat traffic, he became a full-time adventurer and writer.

White has traveled extensively and participated in a wide variety of adventures, including dog sledding in Alaska, helping to re-establish Little League baseball in Cuba, and ferrying Cuban refugees to safety during the Mariel boatlift.

St. Martin's Press published his first Doc Ford novel, Sanibel Flats in 1990 with a three-book contract and option for the fourth. Dissatisfied with the money paid for and the scant promotion of his first three books, White signed with G.P. Putnam's Sons for the fourth book under much more favorable terms and has been with that publisher ever since.


Fiction by "Carl Ramm"[edit]

  • Florida Firefight (1984)
  • L.A. Wars (1984)
  • Chicago Assault (1984)
  • Deadly in New York (1984)
  • Houston Attack (1985)
  • Vegas Vengeance (1985)
  • Detroit Combat (1985)
  • Terror in D.C. (1986)
  • Atlanta Extreme (1986)
  • Denver Strike (1986)
  • Operation Norfolk (1986)

Fiction by "Randy Striker"[edit]

  • Key West Connection (1981)
  • The Deep Six (1981)
  • Cuban Death-Lift (1981)
  • The Deadlier Sex (1981)
  • Assassin's Shadow (1981)
  • Everglades Assault (1982)
  • Grand Cayman Slam (1982)

Doc Ford novels[edit]

  1. Sanibel Flats (1990, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-92602-2)
  2. The Heat Islands (1992, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-92977-3)
  3. The Man Who Invented Florida (1993, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0-312-09866-9)
  4. Captiva (1996, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14140-5)
  5. North of Havana (1997, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14242-8)
  6. The Mangrove Coast (1998, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14372-6)
  7. Ten Thousand Islands (2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14620-2)
  8. Shark River (2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14729-2)
  9. Twelve Mile Limit (2002, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-14873-6)
  10. Everglades (2003, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15058-7)
  11. Tampa Burn (2004, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15181-8)
  12. Dead of Night (2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15244-X)
  13. Dark Light (2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15336-5)
  14. Hunter's Moon (2007, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15370-5)
  15. Black Widow (2008, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 0-399-15456-6)
  16. Dead Silence (2009, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15540-6)
  17. Deep Shadow (2010, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15626-7)
  18. Night Vision (2011, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15705-9)
  19. Chasing Midnight (2012, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15831-5)
  20. Night Moves (March, 2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15812-4)
  21. Bone Deep (March, 2014, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15813-1)
  22. Cuba Straits (March, 2015, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-698-18435-0)
  23. Deep Blue (March, 2016, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-17351-6)
  24. Mangrove Lightning (March, 2017, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-57668-3)
  25. Caribbean Rim (March, 2018, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-735-21278-7)

Hannah Smith novels[edit]

  1. Gone (2012, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-15849-0)
  2. Deceived (2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-16207-7)
  3. Haunted (2014, G. P. Putnam's Sons, ISBN 978-0-399-16976-2)[6]
  4. Seduced (2016, Penguin Publishing Group ISBN 978-0-399-16977-9)


  • Batfishing in the Rainforest (1991, Lyons & Burford)
  • The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua: True tales of adventure, travel, and fishing (1999, Lyon's Press, ISBN 1-55821-904-8)
  • Last Flight Out: True tales of adventure, travel, and fishing (2002, Lyons Press, ISBN 1-58574-383-6)
  • "Dr. Pepper" in Outside 25: Classic tales and new voices from the frontiers of adventure, edited by Hal Espen (2002, W.W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-05186-2)
  • An American Traveler (2003, Lyons Press, ISBN 1-59228-033-1)
  • A Fishing Guide's Guide to Tropical Cooking (2006, Algonquin Press)
  • Randy Wayne White's Gulf Coast Cookbook: With memories and photos of Sanibel Island, photographs by Carlene Fredericka Brennen (2006, The Globe Pequot Press, ISBN 1-59228-096-X)

Contributions to periodicals[edit]

TV and literary awards[edit]


  • Gift of the Game (2003, Uncommon Productions, produced by Bill Haney and John MacNeil, directed by Bill Haney, written by Bill Haney and Randy Wayne White)

Awards and honors[edit]

Civic participation[edit]

  • Member of the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission (four years)
  • Member of the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee (four years)
  • Co-founder of Big Brothers in South Florida


  1. ^ "Novelist Randy Wayne White rivets audience with Fact-Fiction Tales". Marco Island Sun Times. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Doc Ford Mystery series". Goodreads. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  3. ^ "Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille — Sanibel". The Island House Restaurant. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  4. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob (4 March 2014). "Randy Wayne White serves a tasty literary franchise". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  5. ^ Williams, Evan (3 March 2010). "The Relentless Randy Wayne White". Florida Weekly. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  6. ^ "Deceived". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 2015-03-04.

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