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The Deader the Better: A Leo Waterman Mystery (Leo Waterman Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

G.M. Ford
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seattle p.i. Leo Waterman isn't looking for trouble when he and his forensic pathologist girlfriend Rebecca escape into the Washington wilder for a few days of relaxation -- it just seems to find him. An old friend has purchased some choice property here in North America's only rain forest and his posting of "No Trespassing" signs has incurred the wrath of every sportsman for miles around. But what starts as irksome harassment by the offended locals soon escalates into the real of the lethal. And it's just Waterman's luck to be in the epicenter of this murderous mess at the very moment it bursts into flames.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lots of smooth, wiseacre talk powers this agreeable caper past two major shortcomings: a near-overpowering intro section and a woefully underdeveloped big-scam ending that falls seriously flat. Freelance sleuth Leo Waterman memorably rescues a teenage girl from the Seattle streets, then heads deeper into the state of Washington to hang out with J.D. Springer, a fisherman pal. J.D. and his family have bought a place close to Native American land. He's made several enemies among the surly locals by denying them all fishing, hunting and boating rights. Soon J.D. is a charred corpse at the bottom of a hill, his cabin is burned out and his family has fled. Leo's initial inquiries lead to a car crash and copious injuries to both himself and Rebecca, his forensic pathologist girlfriend. All but abandoned by the more sensible Rebecca, Leo assembles a ragtag collection of career criminals for a projected megascam to root out the villains. The scam is barely under way before Leo incurs the wrath of the local cops and embarks on a romance with a wealthy local woman. Kindhearted, street smart and fast-mouthed, Leo possesses more than enough panache and personality to carry this slick yet slight work.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman travels with girlfriend Rebecca to a friend's place in the Pacific Northwest rainforest. Unfortunately for the friend, local residents become murderously angry over his no-trespassing signs. A solidly entertaining series addition.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330427563
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCK6WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very intense read February 7, 2000
When he turns forty-five, Seattle private detective Leo Waterman will inherit a large trust fund. Currently, Leo lives with his long-time partner, forensic pathologist Rebecca, who loves him. Leo still has a foul taste in his mouth from his last case even though he successfully rescued a sexually abused teenage girl and placed her with her grandmother.

To escape the city, Leo and Rebecca visit her goddaughter Claudia and her family at their newly acquired fishing camp in Steven's Falls. Claudia's husband J.D tells Leo that the locals are out to destroy him because the town wanted the property he purchased. Leo figures J.D. being an outsider is just a tad paranoid by the aloofness of the townsfolk. After returning home, Leo reconsiders his opinion since J.D. is reported dead and Claudia and their children are missing. Leo and Rebecca investigate, but are injured when two vehicles run their car off the road. Leo refuses to kowtow to pressure and continues to place his life in danger from a town without pity, one that prefers to keep hidden at any cost its dirty secrets.

As in most of the novels in this superb series, the Quixote-like Leo's caring for the down trodden motivates him into action that leaves readers with an exciting tale. The smooth flowing mystery is fast-paced as expected from this triumphant series. Talented G.M. Ford is clearly a BMW of a writer.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read November 20, 2001
By Jester
Leo & Rebecca are at it again. This is the sixth book in the series and one of the best. Leo makes some new friends and revisits some old while untangling the circumstances around the death of an aquaintence. The scheming he uncovers leads him to some scheming of his own as only he can scheme. The 'Boys' new home is a riot, and the plot is involved enough to keep you guessing. This is a fun read, although there are a couple of darker undertones and some changes that will make Leo a different person when we meet him next. G.M. Ford has done it again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists, crime, laughs August 25, 2010
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My second favorite GM Ford book of the eight I've read so far. We watch is suspense, amusement, horror, and surprise as Leo finds trouble and corrects it. Good luck guessing any of the mysteries, and there are ample loose ends and "big-lipped alligator" story lines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best of the series May 6, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A great addition to the Leo saga - jumps right into action on a sordid case of sexploitation, then changes gears into a small-town conspiracy mystery. Plenty of laughs and plenty of action. A real page-turner.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud! December 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Do not read this book while sitting in the lunchroom at work! It looks very unprofessional to be laughing out loud when you are sitting at a table by yourself. Leo Waterman's unique view of how the system works, and how to work the system makes for a delightful read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book rocked!!! December 15, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Leo Waterman series. Everyone of them has been great. But I think I can safely say that this is my favorite yet.
Leo and his live in girlfriend visit some freinds who have bought some property in hopes of opening a resort. Beautiful little town, perfect location on the water. But things feel a little weird. After returning home, a few weeks later they discover the husband is dead. Leo being who he is wants to know why.
It turns into almost a caper from there on. Leo bringing in people who can do specific jobs for him to help nail those responsible.
A whole lot of fun to read, and And I would highly recommend this series, but this book in particular.
Jon Jordan
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine addition to the series March 5, 2000
By A Customer
Mr. Ford just keeps cranking out great novels. For the fifth straight time, I was laughing out loud, drawing concerned looks from strangers. Another super plot, too. The only flaw in this series is the year we have to wait for the next installment, before the book gets devoured in a single sitting. If you liked any of the previous Leo Waterman's, this one is sure to please.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spenser Move Aside For Leo Waterman July 7, 2000
Picked this latest G.M.Ford detective mystery without having read his earlier books. Glad I did, since now I can look forward to reading them all. This one is a fast paced page turner, with all the muscle and intelligence of Parker's Spencer P.I. before Parker got lazy. A definite must read for fans of this genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun read with interesting characters. My second Waterman book and have thoroughly enjoyed both.
Published 1 day ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Never dull, so well written
I'm reading all of Leo's series now. Never dull, so well written, can't wait to start the next one. Well done, sir, well done.
Published 8 days ago by eddie mathis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good book and perfect on Kindle.
Published 10 days ago by Michael K. Veh
3.0 out of 5 stars First time for Waterman
This was my first exposure to the detective Leo Waterman and it was an relatively enjoyable read. The best thing about the author G. M. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Vivaldi's Doppelganger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love G.M. Ford books
I love a good mystery and G.M. Ford, (love the name) always delivers. The Leo Waterman books are fun to read and Mr. Ford has created a created a great character. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mary Jose
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent return of Leo Waterman
I hoped this would be better than Ford's previous Waterman book, and it was. It is, as I have come to expect, well-crafted and fun to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Cain
Leo and his street people helpers stumble through another exciting story. A fun read with plenty of twist and turns' No dead zones in this one.
Published 1 month ago by READ'NWEEP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
It was a fun interesting and enjoyable time reading this book. Looking forward to reading more of the Leo Waterman escapades.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good reads
G.M. Ford is a very good writer and the stories just flow.
Very entertaining. I'm glad I started with book 1 of the series, not necessary but a good thing to do.
Published 1 month ago by Grace Abraldes
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps it moving
Another entertaining read by Ford. Characters that are bent enough to be unusual but not so much so that you can't relate. They all have a good back story. Keep it coming.
Published 1 month ago by Gail
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Bio and Books
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.


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

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

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