Cast in Stone

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330530088
Release Date: 2009-12-09
Genre: Fiction

In the wild days of Leo Waterman's youth, Henry "Heck" Sundstrom was a god. But things haven't been going great lately for the p.i's burly ex-hero. First came the honeymoon boating accident that killed Heck's son and new daughter-in-law, Allison. And now the big man himself is dying - struck down by a runaway truck at an ungodly hour, in a section of Seattle where no decent citizen should ever be caught after dark. But Waterman's not so sure Allison went down with the ship. And if he and "the Boys" can gather the facts, perhaps he can prove it - following the lead to the Midwest and a missing million dollars . . . and hopefully to a "black widow" who may be more alive and more lethal than anyone ever suspected . . . 'A fine writer . . . a terrific story . . . Leo Waterman is worth spending time with' CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Slow Burn

Author: G.M. Ford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380793679
Release Date: 1999-02-01
Genre: Fiction

Hired to be the Special Security Officer for a prestigious global restaurant convention, Leo is assigned to monitor the movements of two adversarial beef tycoons and the food critic caught between them and becomes the scapegoat when a murder occurs. Reprint.

The Bum s Rush

Author: G.M. Ford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0380727633
Release Date: 1998-03-01
Genre: Fiction

Packed with all the outrageous shenanigans that quickly marked Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? and Cast in Stone as two of the most original mysteries in years, G.M. Ford crafts a devilishly funny and bat-out-of-hell paced novel featuring his smart-aleck yet irrepressible Seattle-based p.i., Leo Waterman. Nobody loves you when you're down and out--except maybe Leo Waterman. As a man who has transformed a gaggle of residentially challenged devotees of cheap alcohol into a crack surveillance team, Leo has a soft spot for society's downtrodden. When a homeless woman says she's the mother of a deceased rock idol, Leo takes it upon himself to investigate the lady's claim, thereby embroiling the Boys, his dissolute deputies, and his own already bruised body in a high speed, life-threatening pursuit of the truth.

Thicker Than Water

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher:
ISBN: 1612183786
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Fiction

For years Leo Waterman eked out a meager living as a PI in Seattle. But when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone else, Leo retires. Until one day he learns that Rebecca has vanished and no one can locate her. Together with a motleycrew of homeless drunks and reprobates, Leo sets out to find Rebecca. He follows her trail from the streets of Seattle to the great North Woods. Rebecca's new husband's lies cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing to protect what's theirs. Will Leo survive and find Rebecca?

Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330530057
Release Date: 2010-09-24
Genre: Fiction

A soft-hearted sleuth with a rebellious streak left over from the ‘60s, Leo Waterman seems to get entangled in every oddball situation. So when he's hired to locate Caroline Nobel, an errant mob heiress and landscape-loving activist, Leo goes with the flow and follows her into the rain-soaked Washington woods. But Caroline's conscientious cohorts are dragging her deeper into the murky waters of environmental sabotage. And her hot-headed enthusiasm can't be cooled, even after two people are brutally murdered. She’s onto something extremely toxic. And unless Waterman can clear the air, her deadly dedication could poison him as well . . 'If G. M. Ford writes five more years' worth of Leo Waterman novels, I'll be happy to read every one of them' WashingtonPost Book World

Salvation Lake

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1503936856
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre:

At the end of an especially raucous day at his neighborhood bar, private eye Leo Waterman is surprised to see his old flame, Rebecca Duval, walk in the door. But King County's medical examiner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead bodies, covered by an old coat that once belonged to Leo's father, have turned up in the trunk of a car. The only thing that seems to connect the men is a controversial local church and its charismatic pastor. With help from Rebecca and surveillance expert Carl Cradduck, Leo begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together. While a pair of goons do their best to chase him off the case, Leo painstakingly retraces the victims' final days, charting their unusual search for redemption--from a downtown homeless encampment to suburban McMansions to the shores of Salvation Lake. There Leo must confront an opponent hell-bent on retribution in order to get to the twisted truth about the killings.

Last Ditch

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330529556
Release Date: 2010-09-24
Genre: Fiction

P. I. Leo Waterman's late father was once one of the region's most powerful and colourful political characters. But just how seriously Waterman senior transgressed during his time on earth comes into question when one of "the Boys" - Leo's "residentially challenged" barfly allies - digs up a human skeleton in Dad's backyward.The remains that remain belong to "Wild Bill" Waterman's staunchest foe - an ultra-conservative muckraking journalist who vanished mysteriously thirty years before. Leo has always struggled in his father's shadow - but he's convinced that his old man was much too savvy to have committed murder - let alone to have interred the victim in his own backyard.But in order to clear his father's damaged name, the dutiful son is going to have to start digging up a very dangerous past . . . and to do his damnedest not to get buried beneath it. 'I am utterly beguiled by G. M. Ford's Leo Waterman . . . Ford writes with a toughness leavened by grace and wit' MARGARET MARON 'A fine new mystery' SEATTLE TIMES

Black River

Author: G.M. Ford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061851973
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction

There is no stronger argument for the death penalty than Nicholas Balagula, the bloodthirsty West Coast crime boss who has been charged with sixty-three counts of homicide, many of them children. And now reclusive rogue journalist Frank Corso -- the only non-participant invited to observe the closed court proceedings -- stands uncomfortably in the center of the most crazed media circus to hit Seattle in years . . . until a personal tragedy diverts his attention. When photojournalist Meg Dougherty -- once Corso's lover and still his dearest friend -- comes face-to-face with a pair of cold-blooded executioners and ends up clinging weakly to life in the I.C.U., the angry lone-wolf reporter vows to make all the guilty parties pay, by his own hand if necessary. But the black river of lies, secrets, corruption, and murder surrounding both the Balagula trial and Meg's "accident" is much deeper and more dangerous than even Frank Corso anticipated. And if he wades in over his head, the undertow could drag him to his death.

A Blind Eye

Author: G.M. Ford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061842346
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction

Beneath the rotting floorboards of an abandoned shed are human bones -- lots of them -- the last things a runaway rogue true-crime writer and his photojournalist ex-lover expected to find when they took shelter from a vicious Wisconsin blizzard. The grisly nightmare Frank Corso and Meg Dougherty have uncovered is nothing they can turn a blind eye to. The hideous slaughter of a family, undetected for fifteen years, must be avenged, as the hunt for a killer carries Corso halfway across the country, and through a chilling history of violence, terror, and bloodshed. But becoming an instrument of justice has made him a target of a rage-driven maniac -- and it's leading to ashocking truth hidden in an isolated place where death lives ... and where no law protects the innocent.

Chump Change

Author: G. M. Ford
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: 1477819754
Release Date: 2014-04-15
Genre: FICTION

Hearing a dying stranger call you by name would leave anyone full of questions. When it happens to private eye Leo Waterman, the more he learns about the late lottery winner's rags-to-riches-to-ruination life, the more he wants not just answers but justice. That means a road trip to Idaho to find out how a good-hearted young man with millions got skinned--in more ways than one. It's all downhill from there as Leo gets roped into an ugly battle between elderly ranchers and a ruthless developer who knows how to make a killing. Money can't buy happiness, but trying to take it from the wrong people could leave Leo a lot worse than miserable.

Fury

Author: G.M. Ford
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061860010
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Fiction

Frank Corso is a pariah—a journalist once vilified for making up "facts" on a major crime story. Yet slow, sheltered Leanne Samples trusts no one but Corso to tell the world that her courtroom testimony that put Walter Leroy "Trashman" Himes on Death Row was a lie. Convicted of the savage slaying of eight Seattle women, Himes is only six days from execution, unless Frank Corso and outcast photographer Meg Dougherty into a struggle that goes far beyond right, wrong, truth, and justice. Because the lowly and the powerful alike all want Himes dead at any cost—despite startling new evidence that threatens to devastate a city once again.

Bedfellows

Author: Bob Garfield
Publisher:
ISBN: 1612183964
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Genre: Fiction

Jack Schiavone's hopes of starting over as a mattress store owner in Brooklyn are slashed when a love affair with a don's daughter puts him in the middle of a turf war between the local mob family and the Russian mafia.