Caribbean Rim Book Signings! - Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille

Caribbean Rim Book Signings!

Randy Wayne White will be coming out with his latest book “Caribbean Rim” soon!  Each Doc Ford’s location will be hosting their own book signing with a chance for you to meet Randy!  We’ll also be involved in a book signing at The St. Pete Museum of History to, in a way, kick off our new adventures in St. Pete!  You can check the dates below.  Hope to see you there!

Doc Ford’s Sanibel: March 11th & 12th, 12 – 3pm

St. Petersburg Museum of History: March 14th, 6 – 9pm

Doc Ford’s Ft. Myers Beach: March 19th, 12 – 3pm

Doc Ford’s Captiva: March 26th, 12 – 3pm


New York Times Bestselling Author

Randy Wayne White 


“Of all the writers in Florida, only White can claim to have created a series hero to match Hemingway’s memorable outdoorsmen and John D. MacDonald’s much missed Travis McGee.” –– Publishers Weekly

“White is a poet, a wordsmith on a level that few ever attain. And the tales he tells and the songs he sings speak especially to the hearts and souls of those who love the Florida flats – as well as to a lot who have never seen them.”––Tampa Tribune

New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White has created one of suspense fiction’s most enduring heroes with marine biologist Doc Ford.  This spring, Putnam celebrates the milestone 25th book in the acclaimed bestselling series with CARIBBEAN RIM (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Publication Date: March 13, 2018).

Since his first Doc Ford novel, Sanibel Flats, came out in 1990, White has become one of the most popular thriller writers in the nation. His audience and reputation only continue to grow, and through him, hundreds of thousands of readers have been introduced to the secrets of Florida’s natural wonders and history. An outdoorsman, raconteur, journalist and former fishing guide, he has been stabbed, “shot at with intent,” and was in a hotel that was blown up by Shining Path anarchists in Peru.  As a columnist for Outside magazine, he covered the America’s Cup races in Australia, went dog sledding in Alaska, searched for wild orangutans on Borneo, brought back refugees from Cuba, dove in the infamous Bad Blue Hole lake on the desolate Cat Island in the Bahamas, and even participated in a mission to steal back General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools.

Ford’s latest high-stakes adventure finds him helping his old pal Carl Fitzpatrick, who has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he has run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Leonard Nickelby, despises amateur archaeologists, which is bad enough, but now he and his young “assistant” have disappeared—along with Fitzpatrick’s impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and the list of uncharted wreck sites Fitz spent decades putting together. Some of Fitz’s own explorations have been a little…dicey…so he can’t go to the authorities. Doc is his only hope.  However, greed makes people do terrible things: rob, cheat, even kill. With stakes this high, there’s no way the thieves will go quietly—and Doc’s just put himself in their crosshairs.

The inspiration for CARIBBEAN RIM came from White’s many trips to the Bahamas.  He explored the vast blue schematic of salt and karst geology on Andros and Cat Island by seaplane and has gone diving in the mysterious Blue Holes of the Bahamas, including one locally known as the Horse Eating Hole, where legend says dead livestock gets dragged by day and eaten overnight by a dragon.  Many of his guides and locals he met have informed the characters he’s created.  He infuses local legends into his plots including tales of piracy, old and new, rumors of witchcraft and of Spanish coins.  Also key to this novel’s plotline is the long history of Freemasonry in the Bahamas, a uniting influence that continues to join people of disparate backgrounds with trust and a potent bond.  With its singular blend of epic storytelling and meticulous research, CARIBBEAN RIM is a thrilling adventure as only Randy Wayne White can deliver.


This is Randy Wayne White’s twenty-fifth Doc Ford book, after Mangrove Lightning and Deep Blue. He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published, as well as the Florida Book Award-winning Hannah Smith series, which include GoneDeceivedHaunted, and Seduced.

White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency.  In 2009, Randy was elected an American Fellow by The Explorers Club, New York City.   In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society.

In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about White’s trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the “Best of the Fest” Award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival, then was broadcast by PBS in 2003.

He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years, and spends much of his free time windsurfing, playing baseball, and hanging out at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. He also has a home on nearby Pine Island that was built on a Calusa Indian shell mound and has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, where White discussed his passion for maintaining this historic property and land, especially after a devastating hurricane.

CARIBBEAN RIM • Randy Wayne White • G. P. Putnam’s Sons • On Sale: March 13, 2018 • 

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