Leo Waterman Books In Publication Order
- Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (1995)
- Cast In Stone (1996)
- The Bum’s Rush (1997)
- Slow Burn (1998)
- Last Ditch (1999)
- The Deader The Better (2000)
- Thicker than Water (2012)
- Chump Change (2014)
- Salvation Lake (2016)
- Family Values (2017)
- Soul Survivor (2018)
- Heavy on the Dead (2019)
Frank Corso Books In Publication Order
- Fury (2001)
- Black River (2002)
- A Blind Eye (2003)
- Red Tide (2004)
- No Man’s Land (2005)
- Blown Away (2006)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Nameless Night / Identity (2008)
- The Nature of the Beast (2013)
- Threshold (2015)
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G.M. Ford Books Overview
And just who is Leo Waterman?A soft hearted sleuth with a rebellious streak left over from the ’60s, Leo Waterman seems to get entangled in, every oddball situation from Seattle to Puget Sound. So when he’s hired to locate Caroline Nobel, an errant mob heiress with an environmentalist’s heart, Leo goes with the flow leaving behind the familiar sights of Pioneer Square to follow the landscape loving activist into the rain soaked Washington woods. But Caroline’s conscientious cohorts are dragging her deeper into the murky waters of environmental sabotage. And her hotheaded enthusiasm can’t be cooled, even after two people are brutally murdered. Caroline’s onto something extremely toxic. And unless Waterman can clear the air, her deadly dedication could poison him as well.
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 be caught dead. But Waterman’s not so sure Allison went down with the ship. And if his motley, aging legmen, ‘the Boys,’ can gather the facts, perhaps he can prove it following the lead to the Midwest and a missing million dollars…
and maybe to a ‘black widow’ who may be less ‘late’ and more lethal than anyone ever suspected.
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 ownalready bruised body in a high speed, life threatening pursuit of the truth.
G.M. Ford’s unconventional private detective, Leo Waterman, jolts the p.i. scene like a double shot of espresso from a sleek Seattle coffee bar. Aided by his band of scruffy irregulars ‘the Boys,’ a team of residentially challenged connoisseur of inexpensive spirits Leo remains Seattle’s most unorthodox p.i. Now, Slow Burn ignites the fuse on the most combustible entry in the waterman cannon. Anticipating disaster, a prestigious global restaurant convention hires Leo as Special Security Officer. His assignment: monitor the movements of two adversarial steakhouse competitors whose ‘beef’ has previously made for some nasty confrontations and a food critic who’s caught in between the warring factions. Leo sends the Boys off to shadow all three parties and report back to him. But even the simplest of plans can casade into catastrophe. And Leo soon finds himself served up as the prime suspect in a murder…
realizing that both his life and career are at stake.
In Leo Waterman, writer G.M. Ford has created a private detective who tackles cases armed with strong survival instincts and a deadly sense of humor. In his fifth outing, Seattle’s most uncompromising sleuth finds that the laughs are all on him after making a startling discovery at home.P.I. Leo Waterman is unflappable, irrepressible and unpredictable a guy who, when facing adversity, would rather throw a punchline than a punch. As the son of one of Seattle’s most colorful political figures, Leo Knows the city like no one else. Barely operating within the bothersome confines of the law, Leo manages to bend the rules via a dash of urbane charm, backed up by a mild threat of mutual blackmail. Recently, Leo has put aside the ghosts of his childhood to take up residence in his deceased parents’ newly renovated mansion, which he now shares with his girlfriend, forensic specialist Rebecca Duvall. Domestic tranquility is the ideal, but this is Leo Waterman’s home where a simple chore can lead to disaster. To clean up the neglected backyard, Leo calls upon his most trusted allies, ‘the Boys,’ a tenacious collective of hapless barflies whose pension checks arrive care of a low rent ginmill. but as they tear down a dilapidated greenhouse, the motley wrecking crew uncovers a human skeleton that belongs to Leo’s late father’s most despised enemey: a muck raking, ultra conservative journalist who vanished twenty years ago. With the evidence stacked against ‘Wild Bill’ Waterman, his son feels compelled to clear his name by digging up the past and trying not to get buried beneath it. In Leo Waterman, writer G.M. Ford has created a private detective who tackles cases armed with strong survival instincts and a deadly sense of humor. In his fifth outing, Seattle’s most uncompromising sleuth finds that the laughs are all on him after making a startling discovery at home.P.I. Leo Waterman is unflappable, irrepressible and unpredictable a guy who, when facing adversity, would rather throw a punchline than a punch. As the son of one of Seattle’s most colorful political figures, Leo Knows the city like no one else. Barely operating within the bothersome confines of the law, Leo manages to bend the rules via a dash of urbane charm, backed up by a mild threat of mutual blackmail. Recently, Leo has put aside the ghosts of his childhood to take up residence in his deceased parents’ newly renovated mansion, which he now shares with his girlfriend, forensic specialist Rebecca Duvall. Domestic tranquility is the ideal, but this is Leo Waterman’s home where a simple chore can lead to disaster. To clean up the neglected backyard, Leo calls upon his most trusted allies, ‘the Boys,’ a tenacious collective of hapless barflies whose pension checks arrive care of a low rent ginmill. but as they tear down a dilapidated greenhouse, the motley wrecking crew uncovers a human skeleton that belongs to Leo’s late father’s most despised enemey: a muck raking, ultra conservative journalist who vanished twenty years ago. With the evidence stacked against ‘Wild Bill’ Waterman, his son feels compelled to clear his name by digging up the past and trying not to get buried beneath it.
Seattle p.i. Leo Waterman isn’t looking for trouble when he and his forensic pathologist girlfriend Rebecca escape into the Washington wilder for a few days of relaxation it just seems to find him. An old friend has purchased some choice property here in North America’s only rain forest and his posting of ‘No Trespassing’ signs has incurred the wrath of every sportsman for miles around. But what starts as irksome harassment by the offended locals soon escalates into the real of the lethal. And it’s just Waterman’s luck to be in the epicenter of this murderous mess at the very moment it bursts into flames.
What fires the blood, freezes the heart, twists the mind and drives a person to kill?G. M. Ford, author of the critically acclaimed Leo Waterman mystery novels, returns with a stunning tale of serial lies, corruption, and murder and throws an unforgettable new pair of investigators into the mad cosmopolitan mix of present day Seattle. Frank Corso is a difficult man. A defrocked journalist vilified for allegedly making up ‘facts’ on a major crime story while working for the sacrosanct New York Times, he now lives in virtual seclusion on a boat moored on the opposite end of the country surviving on the substantial royalties from a bestselling book and on his pay for the occasional column in a local tabloid, the Seattle Sun. Yet it’s Corso whom the slow and sheltered Leanne Samples asks for when she walks into the Sun offices and announces that her courtroom testimony, which put Walter Leroy Himes on Death Row, was a lie. Several years earlier, eight Seattle women were slain over the course of eighty days, their bodies carefully displayed in Dumpsters throughout the city by a maniac whom the press dubbed ‘the Trashman.’ Leanne Samples would have been victim number nine, she claimed at the time, had she not barely escaped from the clutches of Walter Himes, a large, unwashed, prime sociopathic example of wasted humanity Now Himes is only six days away from execution and everyone wants him dead: the victims’ families, the police, the general populace…
even the mayor himself. And Himes will die, unless Frank Corso can quickly change a public opinion that the public does not want changed. But this death train may be impossible for Corso to derail, even with the able assistance of photographer Meg Dougherty. Despite Leanne’s shocking confession, the authorities seem unusually keen on having Himes disposed of permanently. And highly situated members of the Seattle PD refuse to consider requesting a stay of execution even in the face of the most startling evidence of all: a brutal new murder that bears the Trashman’s unmistakable signature. With the clock relentlessly ticking down to Lethal Injection Day, Corso and Dougherty have suddenly made powerful, perhaps deadly, new enemies by getting themselves deeply into something that goes far beyond right, wrong, truth, and justice. And the key to a case that again threatens to devastate a city now ties in a hastily scrawled ‘tag’ on an alley wall: the first three spray painted letters of one angry word…
There is the law, and there is justice. The two are not always the same…
. There is no stronger argument for the death penalty than Nicholas Balagula but so far the elusive sociopath has escaped punishment through ruthless intimidation, jury tampering, and the fortuitous deaths of chief prosecution witnesses. Now the bloodthirsty West Coast crime boss has been charged with sixty three counts of murder, and rogue journalist Frank Corso is the only nonparticipant allowed to observe the closed proceedings, which has placed the reclusive writer uncomfortably in the center ring of the most crazed media circus to hit Seattle in years. Then personal tragedy strikes in the midst of the madness, knocking Corso’s carefully protected world out of its orbit. While following her own leads toward another unpunished crime, photojournalist Meg Dougherty once Corso’s lover and still his dearest friend reaches an abrupt and calculated dead end on a bleak and rainy Washington night, leaving her broken, bloodied, and more dead than alive. With the one person in the world Corso truly cares about clinging weakly to life in the I.C.U. and with the increasingly likely possibility of Balagula taking yet another walk the angry lone wolf reporter is determined to identify all guilty parties and make them pay, by his own hand if necessary. But the Black River of lies, secrets, corruption, and death surrounding the Balagula trial is much deeper and more dangerous than even Corso anticipated…
. Hard hitting, gritty, vivid, and unforgettable, Black River is the electrifying follow up to Fury the resoundingly acclaimed thriller that first introduced tough, irascible, wonderfully colorful and complex protagonist Frank Corso to the reading public. With his second sensational appearance, the volatile black sheep investigator earns a permanent place among crime fiction’s most intriguing continuing characters…
and his creator, G.M. Ford, solidifies his standing as ‘the Raymond Chandler of Seattle’ San Antonio Express News.
The rules never mattered much to Frank Corso, rogue reporter, successful true crime writer, and honorable loner with a dangerous edge. The fact that two Texas troopers have a warrant with his name on it means nothing to him except run which he does in the company of photojournalist Meg Dougherty, his former lover and perhaps one true friend. But the running stops when a furious Midwestern blizzard sends their car crashing to the bottom of an icy hill, and they are forced to seek an escape from the storm in an abandoned Wisconsin house of horrors. In a shed outside their temporary shelter a shocking discovery awaits Meg and Corso: human bones a lot of them the grisly remains of Eldred Holmes and his family. A hideous crime undetected for fifteen years is about to become a top priority for the understaffed local law, who want Corso to investigate. His first move will be to somehow locate the one family member who escaped the carnage, Eldred’s wife, Sissy, whose skeleton is not among the others…
and whose face has been neatly scissored from every picture in the Holmes family album. With only eight days to solve a multiple homicide, Corso begins a hunt that will carry him halfway across the country and through a chilling history of violence, terror, and bloodshed that spreads from the small town of Avalon, Wisconsin, to the remote farmlands of New York State. And his single minded pursuit will make Corso a marked man the target of a rage driven maniac, a master of cunning reinvention as he draws closer to the shocking truth that’s hidden away in an isolated mountain community, where no law protects the innocent.
Something has been set loose in the city an airborne horror that leaves a tunnel full of corpses below the streets of Seattle just as experts from fifty nations are gathering at a downtown hotel for an international symposium on chemical and biological weapons. Terror has hit the West Coast with a vengeance as a deadly tide sweeps into Frank Corso’s town. ‘Disgraced’ rogue journalist and reclusive bestselling author Corso is at an exhibition showcasing the photographs of his best friend and ex lover Meg Dougherty when terror strikes. The deeper he immerses himself in a shadow world of senseless violence and unconscionable evil, the stronger the connections appear that tie one brutal death with the impending destruction of thousands perhaps millions of innocent lives. And suddenly Corso is caught up in a deadly conspiracy where the nightmarish consequences dwarf anything normally spawned by vengeance, greed, or bloodlust. From the critically acclaimed author of Fury and A Blind Eye comes a gripping tale of unrelenting suspense that promises to lift G.M. Ford permanently into the uppermost tier of contemporary crime novelists. Gritty, explosive, timely, and terrific, Ford’s Red Tide will carry readers away on a ride they will never forget.
Arizona’s Meza Azul penitentiary is a technological wonder built to hold the worst of the worst. But somehow a prisoner has breached the foolproof security, opened the cells, and now holds more than one hundred guards and workers hostage. Cold, brilliant, and crazy, Navy sub commander turned double murderer Timothy Driver is in control. And one hostage will die every six hours until he gets what he wants: rogue journalist Frank Corso. But Captain Driver wants a lot more than the ear of a once sympathetic writer who penned a bestselling book about Driver and his crimes. Joined by a cold blooded hayseed murder machine named ‘Cutter’ Kehoe, Driver’s got a surprise or two in store: an ingenious undetected escape right under the noses of the storming government troops, followed by a maniacal cross country killing spree…
with Frank Corso along for the ride until the savage, bloody end.
Frank Corso and his new assistant must track a series of bombings and bank robberies across the US, in Ford’s latest heart stopping thriller. Bestselling author Frank Corso is at first reluctant to investigate the four year old unsolved murder of a hapless delivery driver who appeared at a bank one frigid morning in a small Pennsylvania town with a note demanding cash and a bomb locked to his body. Minutes after he left, the bomb was detonated by remote control. Coerced by his editor into probing the story further, Corso endures two attacks on his life and his curiosity is quickly sharpened clearly someone still has something to hide. Then, only a few days later, a series of bank robberies and bombings rock the Los Angeles area…
Corso and his research assistant, the attractive Chris Andriatta, are swept into the investigation by the FBI. And where the feds see nothing but the random hand of a lunatic, Corso begins to see the tracks of something more sinister, something with a message, something that he and Andriatta may inadvertently have started and which only they have the power to stop…
He wowed critics with his Frank Corso and Leo Waterman series, catapulting to the upper ranks of contemporary crime writers with each riveting new thriller. Now, G.M. Ford is back with a brand new book, his first stand alone novel, featuring a man with no name, no past and at the center of a conspiracy so pervasive he’s forced to run from the only home he’s ever known straight into the abyss in his search for truth…
. Discovered lying near death in a railroad car, his body broken, his mind destroyed, Paul Hardy has spent the past seven years living in a group home for disabled adults, his identity and his past lost seemingly forever. Then, after a horrific car accident, he awakens a new man, his face reconstructed, and his mind shadowy with memory. With only a name and a vaguely remembered scene to guide him, he goes on a cross country quest to find out who he really is. But his search for the truth makes a lot of people uncomfortable from the DA’s office to the highest levels of government. Soon Paul is being tailed by an army of pursuers as he finds himself at the center of a government cover up that has already claimed too many innocent lives and the numbers are mounting. It’s the kind of thing that could make even a man on the outskirts of society feel the pull of justice. A justice that might be worth killing for. Or dying for…