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Last Ditch: A Leo Waterman Mystery (Leo Waterman Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – February 8, 2000
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It looks very much as though Wild Bill did indeed shoot and bury his arch enemy. And precisely because both a starchy relative and the entire Seattle PD warn him against it, Leo proceeds to risk life, limb, and his ancient Fiat convertible to prove his father's innocence. What he finds out--from Wild Bill's old driver, an ex-cop called Bermuda Schwartz, and other assorted ghosts from the past--provides a wild and often touching story that combines recent headlines (about the smuggling of Chinese immigrants) with moments of personal pain. That same combination is present in Ford's other books about Waterman: Slow Burn, Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, The Bum's Rush, and Cast in Stone. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
Retired astronaut and former Grand Dragon of the B'nai B'rith, 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 #10. He lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.
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
Threshold 2015 Thomas & Mercer
Salvation Lake 2016 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/
Top Customer Reviews
Cool prologue, right? Diving in, Leo largely bypasses normal procedural channels; as he often does. Here, just to see what might happen, he crowds a handful of the city's very influential and possibly involved people, finally tying three seemingly unrelated '69 incidents together to arrive at a grand solution.
Leo's M.O. has at least some plausibility. At 6'3" and a solid 230 pounds, he's one of the largest fictional sleuths around. So maybe he could afford to be a little more aggressive than the rest of us. Then too, as the son of one of Washington state's most powerful politicos he knows how to work the system when things go wrong. Which, of course, they do for a time.
Fine, but on the other hand I note two implausibilities in "Ditch", one of which basically drives the whole story. Would a divorcee, who had effectively taken over her drunkard/abusive ex's expansive business holdings back in the day, then hire him to work on the company's maritime docks? And would said ex's later return from a decades-long stay in a mental asylum nearly coincide with the surfacing of Peerless's remains?
I don't know about this.Read more ›
Though his politico father loathed Peerless, Leo cannot believe his father would kill the ultra-right wing journalist. Leo becomes obsessed to investigate the mystery in order to save his father's reputation. The more he digs the more the evidence points towards Bill being the killer.
In the fifth novel, LAST DITCH, the Leo Waterman series remains a humorous, entertaining Seattle sleuthing series. The twists and turns that are trademarks of G.M. Ford are all in this novel. Leo, Rebecca and his
assistants are interesting characters, who make the story line even more fun to read. The addition of personal glimpses of Leo's childhood and Wild Bill help humanize an already brilliant series. Anyone who reads LAST DITCH will want to peruse the previous four novels because they read like a BMW.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Leo, he's always got a snappy comeback, and Yes, I think he's funny!!!Published 3 months ago by sharla grimm
I love the Leo Waterman books. This one is great as all the ones I've read.Published 4 months ago by rachel p canan
I did enjoy this book. It kept my interest, and was an easy read.Published 4 months ago by Linda A. Lund
It sometimes takes an author of a series character several novels to flesh out the protagonist. G. M. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Granacker
Like his witty Leo Waterman character
Always brings a smile to my face
Good and fun read
The Leo Waterman mysteries are good reads when you want a light touch and great kick-ass attitude ... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. G. Mollica