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The Bum's Rush (A Leo Waterman Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

G.M. Ford
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Book Description

When a homeless woman says she's the mother of a deceased rock idol, sometimes private eye Leo Waterman takes it upon himself to investigate the lady's 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.

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  • Editorial Reviews Review

    Seattle's own Leo Waterman is back--along with the very motley crew of once and future alcoholics like Nearly Normal Norman who help him with his investigations. While looking for a missing member of the group, Leo and Co. stop a rape and get involved in the overdose death of a famous Seattle musician who might remind you of recent headlines. As in his two previous books in the Waterman series, Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? and Cast in Stone, both available in softcover, G. M. Ford writes pungent, hilarious dialogue and manages to make us care about the lives of people we walk past on the street every day.

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    Now in its third installment, Ford's Leo Waterman novels have leapfrogged the competition among Seattle detective series. This time out, Leo has plenty on his plate: one of the "boys," the homeless cronies he often uses for legwork, has gone missing; he's hired to find a librarian who has scammed the city's automated acquisitions system out of 200 grand; and he's on the trail of a record producer who may have arranged the overdose of a grunge rock star. The various plots and their joint resolution come together seamlessly--aided by some nifty online sleuthing--but what really makes this series shine is the ensemble interplay between Leo and his crew of homeless assistants. Like the "rude mechanicals" in one of Shakespeare's dark comedies, Waterman's supporting cast not only adds humor to the proceedings but also offers ironic commentary on the lead characters and their mainstream world, undercutting pretentiousness while displaying their own character flaws with a believable mixture of panache and melancholy. A fine series that keeps getting better. Bill Ott

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2794 KB
    • Print Length: 314 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer; Reissue edition (July 17, 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B007JKRROQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bum's Rush well worth the read June 26, 1998
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    If you haven't read the first two Leo Waterman mysteries, then you should. G.M. Ford has created a cast as confused and convoluted as his own name. He keeps you laughing without pushing it too far, creates great tension, and manages to get Leo through another crises once again (relatively) unscathed. Once you read this one, you'll want to go back and catch-up with the first two.
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling July 20, 2002
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I would have started with the first of the series, but was unable to find it (since I was away from the Northwest at the time), so I settled with book three. This story is perfect - believable characters, interesting plotline, the best dialogue I think i've ever read - weaved flawlessly into one very funny book.
    Best of all G. M. Ford knows his city well and taps into some of its eccentricities well, which is a special treat for Northwesterners. After reading "Skid Road" by Murray Morgen, I would say that Leo Waterman's father is based off of Vic Meyers, a historic Seattle politician whose real campaigns were outrageously funny in their own right, which is just one little tidbit that gives a sense of realism and authority to the surroundings.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters. October 9, 2012
    By Mtnhi 5
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Love these guys
    This writer keeps you guessing and his characters are unique. Great read. can‘t wait to start the next one.  Great mix of humor and mystery.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read, Lousy Climax September 23, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I enjoyed this first experience with Leo Waterman and his crack surveillance team of "residentially challenged" dipsomaniacs (an adult version of the Baker Street Irregulars), but I hate it when I'm only a couple of pages from the end of a book and the climax and resolution haven't even begun yet. Here, we're on page 288 of 301 for the penultimate scene. Leo and his gang have had plenty of time to set up the sting but it all happens too fast and almost gets away from them. I felt like I was getting the "Bum's Rush" through what could have been the best part of the book. Logically, there was no reason not to turn over what they knew to the cops and frankly, the regulars would have done a better job.

    As to the NYTBR comment that "the cityscapes of Seattle are worth the trip", I agree, but I'd like to see the publishers (or author or fan group) put out a companion web page with (interactive) google maps annotated with pictures that would show us of the local scenery and let us follow the Leo around as he motors about in his modified Fiat.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great subway reading! December 31, 2012
    By Marj-BK
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    I enjoy reading the Leo Waterman series -- I like the characters and the stories are engaging and fun to read. It's perfect for subway Kindle reading!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Reading December 30, 2012
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    I very much enjoy the Leo Waterman mysterys. I read the first three and the fourth one, "The Bum's Rush", does not dissapoint. Leo and his "operatives" (a crew of homeless drinkers) are delightful characters who combine mystery, adventure, and humor with a street level view of life to create a very entertaining read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read. December 21, 2012
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    G.M. Ford's Leo Waterman mysteries are always fun. Lots of action and humor. This abounds in both of those. It is short however on the mystery. There are 2 cases going on, and neither takes a full night's sleep to figure out. Speaking of sleeping, this is not one of those impossible to put down books. Not gripping, but still a fun read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Leo Waterman mystery December 15, 2012
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    G.M Ford is up to his usual excellent prose. I am enjoying this book on my Kindle app for Android!!!!!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    For some reason I had a hard time staying interested.
    Published 5 days ago by ELIZABETH VAN SICKLER
    5.0 out of 5 stars MORE LEO WATERMAN
    I think all the Leo Waterman series are great.
    Published 5 days ago by Fishncarpet
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, kept me interested
    Good story , kept me interested , I was busy while I was reading, but I took the time to come back to read more .
    Published 8 days ago by Steve
    5.0 out of 5 stars His descriptions of people and events are wonderful and he gives us...
    G.M.Ford gives us a story that holds our attention and the pieces all come together in the end. His descriptions of people and events are wonderful and he gives us laugh out loud... Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Micky Robinson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    An entertaining story that keeps realistic
    Published 14 days ago by mr pickels
    5.0 out of 5 stars You will be laughing and smiling all the way to the end.
    This was the first book I read written by G.M. Ford, loved it. Interesting plot, humour. Also learned couple new words, Patrick Lawlor's reading made it more enjoyable. Read more
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    Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Baggett
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not great lit, but a fun read when you want ...
    Not great lit, but a fun read when you want something light.
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    Bio and Books
    G.M. Ford
    Seattle, WA

    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 #8, Chump Change. 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

    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

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