Books by G.M. Ford

THRESHOLD by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2015

"If you can accept the hook of Grace's extraordinary powers, Ford strings the rest of the tale expertly between extended chases and moments of unexpected compassion the characters show each other and eventually themselves."
A beleaguered big-city cop works with and against an equally troubled young woman with the uncanny ability to help long-comatose patients return to life. Read full book review >
NAMELESS NIGHT by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Yes, it's the old amnesia gimmick, but Ford (Blown Away, 2007, etc.) is such an ingratiating storyteller that you may well find yourself beguiled."
A virtual sleepwalker for seven years wakes to a murderous reality. Read full book review >
NO MAN’S LAND by G.M. Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Another seamless performance from the accomplished Ford, whose list of winners has grown long enough to place him among the first-stringers."
A prison inmate has taken hostages, 163 of them, and he'll kill one every six hours until he is granted a meeting with crime writer Frank Corso. Read full book review >
RED TIDE by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"If this case is a shade less riveting than Frank's first three (A Blind Eye, 2003, etc.), it's only because Ford allows his tough, impossibly idealistic hero to spend less time than he should facing those windmills head-on."
There are new dents and rents in Frank Corso's knightly clothing, but he battles the bad guys as hard as ever. Read full book review >
A BLIND EYE by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"It's hard to decide what's better, the action or the dialogue, in this hugely entertaining study of good intentions and bad."
True-crime author Frank Corso learns once again that betting on people's intrinsic goodness doesn't pay. Read full book review >
BLACK RIVER by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2002

"Pace, plot, pitch, prose: all precisely as they should be in a model modern mystery."
Deservedly popular though he is, p.i. Read full book review >
FURY by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"As for Corso and Meg: they're rooted firmly in an oh-so-familiar tradition—but welcome nonetheless."
Though his performance as a series hero has been way above average, p.i. Read full book review >
THE DEADER THE BETTER by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"Rebecca, be advised—Leo's the gumshoe to stick to."
A case of arrested development, says forensic pathologist Rebecca Duvall of her friend/lover/colleague Seattle shamus Leo Waterman. Read full book review >
LAST DITCH by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Though Leo's flat-footing is flat, his fifth (Slow Burn, 1998, etc.) fills out the obligatory return-to-the-gumshoe's-roots entry with an appealing warmth and a couple of nifty surprises."
It looks like an insultingly routine task for the unemployed Irregulars who usually pull tail jobs for Leo Waterman: digging up the grounds around the 12-room palace the shamus inherited from his father, veteran Seattle politico Wild Bill Waterman. Read full book review >
SLOW BURN by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nero Wolfe fans will recognize the basic plot of Some Buried Caesar, supplemented with bits from Too Many Cooks and a host of other sly in-jokes, though the climax of Ford's unexpectedly lighthearted fourth case (The Bum's Rush, 1997, etc.) depends on one borrowing too many."
Seattle shamus Leo Waterman is summoned to unaccustomed heights—the very special 16th floor of the Olympic Star Hotel— to hear Sir Geoffrey Miles, the Guru of Gourmands, tell him that the well-heeled and tasteful don't behave any better than the homeless Irregulars Leo employs as operatives. Read full book review >
THE BUM'S RUSH by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 1997

"Both plots go flat in the end, but Ford's way with dialogue and characters—he's well on his way to becoming the Raymond Chandler of Seattle—may keep you from noticing. (Author tour)"
A hunt through Seattle's darkest neighborhoods for Ralph Batista, one of the Irregulars who helps shamus Leo Waterman solve cases and put away booze, leads not only to sozzled Ralph, but to an unexpectedly helpful ally: savvy streetperson Selena Dunlap, who tells Leo where Ralph is likely to be staying, stands up to a police grilling when the Irregulars' rescue mission turns irregular, and casually mentions that she's the mother of Lukkas Terry, the rocker who'd been on top of the world until the cops found him with a needle sticking out of his arm. Read full book review >
CAST IN STONE by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"EWSLUGp1995."
Years and years ago, stunning Marge Sundstrom broke up the gaggle of hangers-on and friends her new husband Heck, commercial fisherman of the Lady Day, had gathered around him. Read full book review >
WHO IN HELL IS WANDA FUCA by G.M. Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 26, 1995

"First-novelist Ford does less well, though, treating all his characters—including the allegedly unforgettable spitfire Caroline—as so many faceless floaters."
It's not a who, it's where—the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Seattle—and its patron saint is raffish shamus Leo Waterman, whose politico father used to hang with the likes of aging mobster Tim Flood. Read full book review >