G. M. Ford is the author of the critically acclaimed Leo Waterman novels as well as the Frank Corso series. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, he is now a full-time writer who makes his home in Seattle.
What makes Ford's novels so gripping is that there is little plot explained, rather it is driven through the characters â€“ in the trade, it's called â€˜Hard-Boiled'. Red Tide is the 4th in the â€˜Corsoâ€™ series but only feel you have to start at the beginning if you are feeling especially purist! This time itâ€™s a terrorist plot using modified â€˜Ebolaâ€™ virus and the real potential of catastrophic loss of life â€“ gripping stuff. Previous G M Ford â€˜Corsoâ€™ novels : Fury, Black River, Blind Eye
A chilling, frightening, hair-raising tale that I was unable to put down. Frank Corso, an author and reporter, is on the run from the Texas police with former lover Meg. In blizzard conditions they find shelter in an empty house and discover three bodies. I will tell you no more except this is a gripping tale of murder, enclosed communities and psychotic behaviour spanning almost forty years. Itâ€™s terrific.Comparison: Harlan Coben, Dennis Lehane, Michael Marshall.Similar this month: Stephen Leather, John Rickards.
When a homeless woman says shes the mother of a deceased rock idol, sometimes private eye Leo Waterman takes it upon himself to investigate the ladys claim. With the help of the Boys, a band of dissolute deputies, Leo begins a life-threatening pursuit of the truth nobody wants to hear.
Leos boyhood hero, Henry Heck Sundstrom, was larger than life. Lately, however, Hecks life has been spiraling out of control. First there was the honeymoon boating accident that killed Hecks son and new daughter-in-law, Allison. And now the big man himself is dyingstruck down by a delivery truck in a seedy section of Seattle. As he investigates, Leo begins to wonder if Allison went down with the ship. And whether, with the aid of his aging legmen, the Boys, he can prove the late Mrs. Heck is more aliveand lethalthan anyone ever suspected.
When an old gangster friend of Leo's father makes a request he "e;can't refuse,"e; Leo and his band of drunks, delve into the world of environmental politics in search of Caroline Nobel, a spoiled brat, without the sense God gave a gopher. With the help of "e;the Boys"e;a group of aging winos who are his modern day "e;Baker Street Irregulars"e;Leo fights Native American tribal politics, industrial pollution, and psychotic grannies to fulfill his obligation to a friend.
Hard living collects its fair share of casualties, but somehow Leo Waterman avoided becoming one of them. Destined for a trust fund that was taking too damn long to kick in, he spent years eking out a living in Seattle as a private investigator. Along the way he managed to survive countless run-ins with murderers, drug dealers, and jealous wives. But when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone elsethat was a different story. Still, he took it like a man, eventually collecting his family money and slipping into semi- retirementuntil the day an unwelcome visitor brings him the worst possible news. Rebecca has vanished and no one, not even her manipulative, overprotective mother, can find a trace of her. Together with his band of informers and sidekicks (in truth a rather motley crew of homeless drunks and reprobates), Leo wades back into the game, determined to save Rebecca once and for all. But her trail is a twisted one, thick with deception and depravity that winds from the rain-swept streets of Seattle to the murky depths of the great North Woods. The stink of it all seems to emanate from none other than Rebeccas new husband, Brett Ward, whose tangle of lies will cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothingnot even murderto protect whats theirs.
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