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Chump Change (A Leo Waterman Mystery)

Chump Change (A Leo Waterman Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

G.M. Ford
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Product Description

Sometimes it’s the things you don’t do that come back to haunt you, just as surely as some questions are best left unanswered.

When “Leo” is the last word a stranger speaks, the Seattle private eye launches himself into a search for answers. Not only does the dead man have a connection to Leo’s past, but he was also worth millions—and some very dangerous people know it. Before long, Leo is caught between warring factions in a high-stakes game of mayhem and murder, and his search for answers becomes a quest for justice. Turns out, finding the truth is far more painful than Leo ever imagined, and the price for uncovering it just might be his life.

About the Author

G.M. Ford is the author of seven other novels in the Leo Waterman series—Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, Cast in Stone, The Bum’s Rush, Slow Burn, Last Ditch, The Deader the Better, and Thicker than Water. He has also penned the Frank Corso mystery series and the stand-alone thriller Nameless Night. He has been nominated for the Shamus, Anthony, and Lefty awards, among others. He lives and writes in Seattle, Washington.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4799 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477819754
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (15 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GDMB684
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character 15 May 2014
By Nannore
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This is the first Leo Waterman I've read- and will certainly be coming back for more. Love the dialogue: spare in style and some funny quotes. Not sure about how seriously to take his side-kicks, but they allow the writer to show the main character's personality and provide some amusing situations
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 July 2014
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All the Leo Waterman mysteries are well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars YES! 21 Jun 2014
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Why can`t more writers take a leaf out of this one He is absolutely brilliant His books go everywhere I do and I have my head stuck in them from start to finish without a break. Great writer !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 13 May 2014
By SueH
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Enjoyed story but American references made it hard to follow storyline at times. If you can cope with this fine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun 15 April 2014
By Jane Myers Perrine - Published on
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G.M. Ford is a new find for me. I love the characters and the mysteries are a lot of fun and well written. I've read everything he's written. However, I believe CHUMP CHANGE is the best. Mr. Ford's writing is smooth as always--he's a great writer. But his metaphors are spot on and in character. And Leo is, as always, marvelous but his insights about the influence of wealth on his life and about the mosaics of our lives add a thoughtfulness and self-awareness that make him an even more interesting character. Could he be growing up? Mr. Ford also introduces a twist I didn't expect, just as Leo is planning to get out of this dangerous and probably futile investigation. Keith is a great character and maybe Leo will reconnect with his long-time love? Can't wait for the next novel in this terrific series. Please write fast. G.M.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting with #8 No Problem 19 April 2014
By Jennifer D. Munro - Published on
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I took a chance on this most recent in the Leo Waterman series; if I’d read any of the previous seven, it was long enough ago that I was still young enough to be getting cavities filled rather than my current spate of having old fillings replaced. Entering cold turkey on number eight in the series posed no reading bumps for me. I went along for a good, fun, fast-paced ride, with no confusion over backstory (although I had to Google “screw the pooch,” which my mind made out to be way worse than what it actually means). Loved the descriptions and Waterman’s world view. Here’s one of my favorite descriptions: “…she made that noise women make when they’re all dressed up. That swooshing sound that drives men to distraction…” And of course I loved the spot-on descriptions of P.C. Seattle. Good plot, great writing.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in action 16 April 2014
By Vince Keenan - Published on
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Seattle shamus Leo Waterman just about has his life in order when there's a break-in next door to the place he's house-sitting. Leo can't help investigating, things can't help going wrong, and the intruder dies - but not before uttering his last word: Leo's name. Leo sets out to learn who the stranger is, an investigation that leads to a town on the Idaho border and in the pocket of some bad characters. There's action to spare in this book with some harrowing, well-written scenes, along with the usual G. M. Ford wit and appearances from Leo's coterie of streetwise helpers. Another winner.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great 19 April 2014
By Greg Lachs - Published on
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Back in the 90's, I found GM Ford's "Leo Waterman" series. Those earlier efforts were superb mysteries: depth of character, interesting stories, creative backstories, and well-placed humor. As good as any "PI" books I read from that era. "Chump Change" has some of that, which makes it a decent read. "Fish Out of Water" stories often make a very good background, and that is helpful here. Leo doesn't know the territory or the people - and what he discovers is more complicated than he imagined.

However, the villains, while menacing, are stereotypes. And the "mastermind," who could have been a very interesting character, isn't given enough to do. Menacing "80s" style villains with very little depth. It's a disappointment.

So, this is a good read, but the holes are there. Not "prime" Waterman, but entertaining. Just don't make it the first "read" of the series. You may be disappointed, and miss out on some great 90s mystery fiction in the process.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet! 16 April 2014
By wbaj - Published on
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I've been a fan of anything that G.M. Ford writes for quite a while and this book is his best! Lots of action with easy to care about characters served up with just the right amount of wit. I highly recommend this book!
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