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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
P.I. with alcohol problem...check!
P.I. with connections to the mob...check!
P.I. who wisecracks hs way around town...check!
P.I. who winds up the local police dept...check!
P.I. with complicated private life, divorced etc...check!
So far so formula: So how does this book and the series behind it deserve four stars? Simply put, they are very well written, fast paced and introduce an up to date version of the Baker street irregulars, a group of local vagrant types. These books were written before the Harry Corso books, so represent a fledgling talent yet to come to fruition. Written it would appear with tongue firmly in cheek, this is an excellent primer for Ford's other works. There's an ecological message here too, still relevant 10 years after the book was written
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 1997
I'm not a big fan of PI (private investigator) mysteries in general, but this one is definitely
worth picking up even if you are a police procedural or cozy mystery reader. G. M. Ford is very good at describing the Seattle setting and
Leo Waterman, the main character, is one I definitely want to reach more about.

This book reminds me of of John D. MacDonald's books. If you like Travis McGee, you might want to try Leo Waterman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2014
bought this as it was cheap but it turned out to be a great story - will be buying more from this author for definate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I found this to be an easy read. Leo Waterman is hired to protect a young heiress from herself and her involvement in a radical ecological group. Being unorthodox, a bit of a must in the PI genre, he uses down and outs as his assistants. I'm not sure how realistic this is but it makes for a good read. The plot is not anything you haven't read before - big business ignoring the environment - but it does have a neat twist, the characterisation is good enough with hints that it will mature over the series and the writing style has a light, deft touch so it's worth a read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 1999
G.M. Ford has banged a series of home runs! His lead character operates like none other, yet in the best tradition of Travis McGee and Spencer. I have just finished all four Ford novels and can't wait for more. Excellent wordsmithing and believable characters with charming humility are highlights. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Please hurry the next one along!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2014
This series of Leo Waterman stories is wonderful, very good storylines with a huge helping of humour interspersed. Each book has kept me entertained and couldn't wait to start the next in the series. Have read 5 so far and all were great.
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on 3 April 2014
I really wanted to like this, it isn't badly written as such. Every hardboiled PI has to have something a bit different to make them interesting. This one has a crew of down and outs who do much of the foot work. The trouble is Mitchell & Webb! Did GM Ford copy Sir Digby Chicken Caesar, or is this the original model for Digby and Ginger? I guarantee that if you are a Mitchell & Webb fan you will undoubtedly be humming the Devil's Gallop in your head while reading (dun da dun da dundadadadadadud da DAAAAAAA...).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 1998
Leo Waterman and his cast of misfit street operatives are a riot. This is one of those mysteries that you can't put down for two reasons. First, the plot and mystery are intriguing. Second, you can't wait for the next bit of mayhem from the group of misfits Leo uses as his backup gang of assistants. The characters are well-drawn and the action is tense. You can't go wrong with this book.
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on 19 October 2014
As usual another Leo Waterman Mystery that was a perfect read. G.M. Ford writes this character + "The Boys" perfectly. Always a pleasure to read, unfortunately the flow of the story is so good I seem to read these books TOO FAST!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 1997
Leo Waterman is a middle aged detective whose support team is a group of winos a derelicts teetering on the edge of dementia. He lives in the shadow of his father who was one of Seattle's most colorful (if unsuccessful) politicians.

Waterman is a break from the buff, tough PI types. He is smarter and more interesting, lacking super hero powers.

Ford is a good, not great writer. But this is definitely worth a read if you are a fan of detective fiction.
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