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Product Details

  • Series: Leo Waterman Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380727625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380727629
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Confirming the bright promise of Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, Ford proves he's no one-book author with the second case for extremely likable, wisecracking Seattle PI Leo Waterman. A boating mentor from Waterman's youth, Heck Sundstrom, is critically injured in a traffic accident. What was he doing on a seedy downtown block after midnight? The accident follows the death of the Sundstrom's son and his new daughter-in-law, Allison, in a boat explosion. Waterman soon finds loose ends: Allison may not have been what she claimed. For help, Waterman calls on "the Boys," usually drunk old friends who know their way around Seattle's seamier precincts. Carl Craddock, a wheelchair-using surveillance expert with a foul mouth and caustic sense of humor, pitches in. Allison's trail of trouble leads the men across Washington State to Wisconsin and beyond. A helpless old lady, a small-town police chief and the minister of a Seattle megachurch were all involved with the enigmatic woman. But if Allison is alive and murdering, who went down with the Sundstrom boat? Ford keeps the menace growing, while his large cast of colorful characters supplies laughs in some of the best dialogue around.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA. Written like a classic 1930's hard-boiled detective novel, Cast in Stone starts with a bang and keeps going from there. After 23 years, Marge, the love of detective Leo Waterman's life, needs his help. Her husband, Heck, an ex-friend of Leo's, is dying in a Seattle hospital after a hit-and-run accident. It is with great reluctance that Leo even considers getting involved as Marge rejected him and married his best friend, thus ruining that friendship and his life. Marge also wants Leo to help her uncover the mysterious circumstances of the death of her son and his fiancee in a boating accident. Heck was convinced that the "accident" was no accident and had set out to do his own investigation. Calling in some markers owed from old friends, Leo unravels the case piece by piece. In the course of his investigation, he finds decades-old murders and "suicides," and uncovers a small town's guilty secrets. Ford does an excellent job of tying together all of the various threads of this case. YAs will get a kick out of Leo Waterman and his sidekicks.?Susan B. McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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G.M. Ford
Seattle, WA

G.M. Ford broke onto the mystery scene with Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, a gin soaked tome featuring Seattle PI Leo Waterman, whose primary claim to fame was the group of street people with whom he occasionally worked. The six book Leo Waterman series was nominated for the Shamus, the Anthony, the Lefty and a couple of other awards probably best forgotten.

In 2001, Mr. Ford began a new series, featuring disgraced reporter Frank Corso and his Goth assistant Meg Dougherty. Six books later, Mr. Ford, as is apparently his ilk, decided to do "something else" and penned his first stand-alone thriller, Nameless Night.

The most recent chapter in Mr. Ford's writing life began in 2011, when, in a fit of pique, and after a twelve year hiatus, he decided to write a new Leo Waterman novel, Thicker Than Water. Thomas & Mercer (Amazon) promptly bought it, and signed him up to write two more. The rest, as they say, is history.

Mr. Ford is presently working on Leo Waterman #8, Chump Change. He lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.


Books-

Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? 1995 Walker/Avon
Cast in Stone 1996 Walker/Avon
The Bum's Rush 1997 Walker/Avon
Slow Burn 1998 Avon/Avon
Last Ditch 1999 Avon/Avon
The Deader the Better 2000 Avon/Avon
Thicker than Water 2012 Thomas & Mercer
Chump Change 2014 Thomas & Mercer


Fury 2001 Harper Collins/Avon
Black River 2002 Harper Collins/Avon
A Blind Eye 2003 Harper Collins/Avon
Red Tide 2004 Harper Collins/Avon
No Man's Land 2005 Harper Collins/Avon
Blown Away 2006 Harper Collins/Avon
Nameless Night 2008 Harper Collins/Avon
The Nature of the Beast 2010




Find out more about GM Ford on his blog here: http://g-m-ford.com/

Customer Reviews

Great story line and character development.
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Enough to keep me turning the pages and wanting to read another of his books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
G.M. Ford's refreshingly average-joe P.I. Leo Waterman returns. Leo's old friend Heck Sundstrom finds out that married life can, indeed, be murder when he is killed while investigating the death of his son and new daughter-in-law. Heck's widow hires Leo to find out why Heck was convinced Allison Sundstrom didn't go "down with the ship" when she and Heck's son are supposedly killed on their honeymoon cruise.

A twisted trail of lies, deception, and broken lives leads all the way from Seattle to Wisconsin and back, with an ending that will catch the reader off-guard.

With a return of "the Boys," a group of aging winos that serve as Leo's eyes and ears on the street, Leo does his best to make sense out of a friend's death. Ford's flowing writing style, refreshing characters, and occasional tongue-in-cheekiness makes this another enjoyable read from one of the best new writers in this field.

(Note, if you missed the first Leo Waterman mystery, "Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?" go back and read it too. You're missing a great time if you don't.)
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the unusual cut-out on the paperback-version's cover that sometimes annoyed me when reading. But between the covers is priceless entertainment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JoeV VINE VOICE on October 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read, (and enjoyed), this author's later Frank Corso books, I'm now reading the earlier Leo Waterman series. This is the second in the series tracking the adventures of a Seattle based PI and what a pleasant surprise. The story centers around the mysterious death at sea of a young man and his new wife, (Leo's good friend's son and daughter-in-law), and Leo's investigation to get to the bottom of what happened. The twists and turns of this tale are expertly handled with a unique, (and endearing), cast of characters. The story never flags and Leo's off beat sense of humor kept this reader turning the pages as fast as I could with a healthy number of chuckles and smirks. This is a great book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L Burke on January 21, 2002
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This is as good or better than the old Travis McGee stories by John MacDonald. Great plot, wonderful characters, crackling dialogue...author Ford is a superior talent. When someone this good writes a novel, their work almost defies description because the result is like magic. You are transported, informed, entranced, amused, and entertained. Try Ford's series of Leo Waterman, Private Eye, novels. You'll be glad you did. Also... please ignore the luke warm endorsements on the back covers of his books. They don't do the author justice; he is BETTER than they say.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donnette M. Bourne on March 14, 2013
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I got really tired of trying to figure out what I was reading because of misspelled word, words left out of sentences or words in the sentence that just should not be there. When you have to spend too much time every 3-10 pages trying to figure out what the author was trying to stay to make it a boring book to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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I've just read all 4 Leo Waterman books by this author. I loved them all. I will buy the next one when it comes out. He has created very real characters that you come to adore and worry about. The stories just keep getting better. I hope this turns into a long running series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Berry on May 2, 2014
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Thank God Mr. Ford made it out of the educational system. His talents would have been wasted and I would not have had the pleasure of Leo Waterman' s company in my old age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Gonczi on November 2, 2013
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Picked this out as a prime free read and very surprised it was very good. Quick read. Kind of reminded of a Jim Rockford tale. Worth taking a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on November 15, 2012
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First time reading a G M Ford book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Intrigue, mystery, murder and the sarcastic humor had me hooked.
My normal mode of guessing who did it kept me in suspense.
Will be reading more of Leo Waterman books.
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