THE DEADER THE BETTER by G.M. Ford

THE DEADER THE BETTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A case of arrested development, says forensic pathologist Rebecca Duvall of her friend/lover/colleague Seattle shamus Leo

Waterman. Just another, albeit larger, version of Peter Pan, she maintains, adding that what she wants in her bed, in her life, is

a grown-up. Leo, being Leo—which is to say smart, sensitive, though unquestionably stubborn’sees her point, but is not about

to schedule a makeover. Anyway, it's all trauma-induced, a sympathetic friend tells Leo—totally predictable in the aftermath of

the smash-up. There they were in backwater Stevens Falls, a tiny island off the Atlantic coast, sort of nosing into the untimely

death of a friend—not really serious about investigating, not much more than mildly curious—when a couple of very large trucks

sandwiched their very small car. With malice aforethought. With broken bones (for Rebecca), stitches galore (for Leo), and

hospitalization (for both) as the scary result. Message received, Rebecca says, and wants to call it quits. Whatever the secret of

Stevens Falls is, the sensible thing, the adult thing to do is let it remain buried. But Leo, being Leo, can't operate that way. He

has to know what's rotten in Stevens Falls. And, just as much to the point (for Leo), he has to generate payback.

The thinnish ’secret" takes too long to unwrap, but tough, funny Leo (Last Ditch, 1999, etc.) is worth the price as usual.

Rebecca, be advised—Leo's the gumshoe to stick to.

Pub Date: Feb. 8th, 2000
ISBN: 0-380-97723-0
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Avon/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2000




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