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Even though this is the seventh in the series, it is the first Leo Waterman mystery I d read That I hadn t read numbers 1 6 didn t seem to matter in the least This was a fast paced mystery that I read in just a couple of sittings It focused on the characters and the action, and it didn t use any expository filler to make it longer I think most mysteries, especially thehard boiled varieties, benefit from brevity, and I was very pleased with this book Leo was a very enjoyable character Even though this is the seventh in the series, it is the first Leo Waterman mystery I d read That I hadn t read numbers 1 6 didn t seem to matter in the least This was a fast paced mystery that I read in just a couple of sittings It focused on the characters and the action, and it didn t use any expository filler to make it longer I think most mysteries, especially thehard boiled varieties, benefit from brevity, and I was very pleased with this book Leo was a very enjoyable character to get to know, and I look forward to readingof this series At first I thought the author was trying for a Robert B Parker tone wisecracking detective, 40 ish, big and strong As the book progressed, I began to enjoy Leo Waterman The story wasn t bad at all, and I did have to give it three stars Maybe author Ford is not Parker yet but there is promise, Lord, Mister Ford, what have you done Andto the point, where the hell have you been There are a number of masters of the mystery genre that I read faithfully There are about a dozen, if we count those no longer among us such as Ed McBain, Donald Westlake, and Tony Hillerman whose novels I would read simply on the basis of their authorship.GM Ford is among my dozen In fact, he s toward the top of the heap I can t objectively say whether the latter is because he sets his mysteries her Lord, Mister Ford, what have you done Andto the point, where the hell have you been There are a number of masters of the mystery genre that I read faithfully There are about a dozen, if we count those no longer among us such as Ed McBain, Donald Westlake, and Tony Hillerman whose novels I would read simply on the basis of their authorship.GM Ford is among my dozen In fact, he s toward the top of the heap I can t objectively say whether the latter is because he sets his mysteries here in my own stomping grounds so that while James Lee Burke can give me a really great travelogue, when Ford hooks a left on Madison and heads to Madison Park, I am looking out the front of the car windshield with him, since we re less than twenty minutes from my home But the one thing I can say with objective certainty is that he is one fine writer He can take a premise that is as old as the hills and in the hands of a lesser writer would cause me to moan, Oh, come ON, not THIS again and give it a twist to turn it into something else, so NOT really this again , and then write it with such amazing deftness, word smithery, pacing, and wry humor that I almost can t put it down But I do I put it down at bedtime, because I m going to read SOMETHING after I take my sleeping aid for the night, and whatever it is, I may not remember it very well My very favorite reading material only gets read while my brain is in fully active mode I doled this out to myself in bits and pieces, like Mary Ingalls hoarding her Christmas candy Ohhh, don t let it be over yet But I don t delay gratification all that well, and as the weekend hazes to a close, the last page of the book terminated, and now I must wait for the one that will be out in a few months.I had half a dozen sticky noted quotes to toss your way, poignant moments with the boys , as the first person protagonist fondly refers to his late father s crowd, some of whom are truly as down and out as people can be, living beneath freeways, in doorways, and under trees in city parks His trenchant observation that the line between middle class and out on your ass is thinner than a piece of Denny s bacon is most painfully clear in pricey metropolises such as Seattle, where the annual take home pay of a waitress or clerical worker would not even pay the rent for an studio apartment in the city, let alone allow for other costs of daily living like food, transportation, medical premiums, and clothing.And for me, this recognition is one of the key grooves that turns my mental tumblers into place and permits me to feel empathy toward an author It s a hard world out there, and even in a glorious place like Seattle, poverty s knife edge is closer to most of us than we care to even acknowledge.Leo Waterman, our intrepid detective, has inherited enough to live off of, having come of age at a middling forty five, but life has already taught him what down and out looks like He feels the bumps on the head and the shock that strikes his skeleton when he climbs a fence and jumps to the concrete on the other side, but if there s a good enough reason, he does it anyway He doesn t have a death wish, but he has the character and integrity to go out and butt heads with bad people when the city s cops settle incomfortably behind their desks and wait for retirement to edge ever closer Leo s an easy hero to bond with.As for the rest of the little bookmarks and sticky notes I have reluctantly pulled from my still new book s pageswhy ruin it for you It doesn t get much better than this Find the quotes for yourself You can order that book and it will be at your gates inside the week But you can t have my copy It s been claimed by another family member, even as I typed this review I actually read this book, it wasn t an audible edition I love G.M Ford s writing style and while Leo Waterman isn t my favorite character of his, Leo s stories are still great whodunnits I m partial to any novels set in Seattle and G.M Ford does a fantastic job of describing the area and making it come alive around his characters. Humorous, good dialogue.Love was wasting his life away, just sitting around The Boy s are not in this story much Visualizing the scenes Leo describes, and the way he talks to himself makes me laugh Rebecca is gone and nobody knows where, this gets Leo going again. Sometimes you want to read Dostoevsky and sometimes you want to read a 2 star detective novel I wanted to read a 2 star detective novel And it was a 5 star 2 star detective novel if that makes any sense. For years Leo Waterman eked out a meager living as a PI in Seattle He survived run ins with murderers, drug dealers, and jealous wives, but when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone else that was a different story After Leo s trust fund finally kicks in, he takes his broken heart and slips gratefully into retirement until the day he learns that Rebecca has vanished and no one, not even her overbearing mother, can locate her Together with his motley crew of homeless drunks and reprobates, Leo sets out to find Rebecca, following her twisted trail from the rain swept streets of Seattle to the murky depths of the great North Woods The stink of it all emanates from none other than Rebecca s new husband, whose lies cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing not even murder to protect what s theirs This was ok Decent plot I guess but It reminds me of o e that would have been turned into an early 90 s action flick. Ford is a new author to me I thoroughly enjoyed his vocabulary and clever turn of phrase. As soon as I started reading the latest in the Leo Waterman series, I knew the tone had changed Three years had gone by in the story line It s been three years since Rebecca left Leo It was a little darker, but still filled with Leo s humor When I checked the publication date, I noticed Ford had gone about 12 years before writing this installment which explained the changes, somewhat.What didn t hang together for me was Leo was no longer a PI In the previous book, the fact that he couldn t As soon as I started reading the latest in the Leo Waterman series, I knew the tone had changed Three years had gone by in the story line It s been three years since Rebecca left Leo It was a little darker, but still filled with Leo s humor When I checked the publication date, I noticed Ford had gone about 12 years before writing this installment which explained the changes, somewhat.What didn t hang together for me was Leo was no longer a PI In the previous book, the fact that he couldn t give up his career is one thing that put a wedge in his relationship with Rebecca Yet, here we are three years later and he s not working and collecting on his trust fund.Also, in this book Leo claims to never use a gun Well, I ve read every book so far and he sure knows his way around a weapon That said, it was a very good read with new characters joining the fray