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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.
Returning to Seattle after a business trip, retired PI Leo Waterman is shocked to find his girlfriend, Rebecca Duvall, unconscious on the bathroom floor, her house filled with gas. Officials believe it was a suicide attempt in the wake of a humiliating scandal. Under investigation for dereliction of duty, shed been suspended from her job as medical examiner for King County. Leo knows Rebecca too welland is determined to prove her innocence and clear her name. Most important, he wants to find out who tried to kill her.Despite the prosecuting attorneys claims of a solid case, Leo rounds up his ragtag team of miscreants to find the truth. The investigation leads straight to The Highlands. There, behind the locked doors of one of Seattles most exclusive gated communities, old money can afford to bury older family secrets. But for Leo, unearthing them is going to trap him in a conspiracy that is deadlier, and far more personal, than he feared.
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 Countys medical examiner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead bodies, covered by an old coat that once belonged to Leos 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 redemptionfrom 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.
Between the end of his marriage and the excessive force complaints against him, Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan is running out of chances. When a powerful and connected city councilman reports that his wife and two daughters have disappeared, Dolan is assigned the caseknowing full well that his career is riding on the outcome.While investigating, Dolan meets Eve Pressman and her remarkable daughter, Grace. Gifted with the ability to bring people out of comas, Grace is reluctant to be thrust into the public eye but determined to help those in need. Eve and Grace may know where Councilman Roysters family is and the terrible truth that sent the three of them into hiding in the first place. Now, Dolan faces the toughest choice of his career: is he still a good cop if he has to do the wrong thing?
Anticipating problems, a prestigious global restaurant convention hires Leo as Special Security Officer. His assignment: monitor the movements of two adversarial steakhouse competitors whose "e;beef"e; 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 cascade 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.
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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