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Am I the only one who missed the boat on G.M. Ford? Stumbled upon a different book by G.M. Ford, one from the Leo Waterman series, and loved it. Writes in a style reminiscent of the late great Robert Parker, a compelling combination of humor and violence, centering around a charismatic private investigator every bit as tough and charming as Spenser ever was. Frank Corso follows his own moral code, which is often unfettered by the laws of society or law enforcement in general. A hard man with a past, Corso goes out of his way to be unnoticed, shunning publicity, living under the radar. Once a reporter of note, a series of errors and unexplainable events, ended his career in a storm of notoriety. Narrowly avoiding prosecution, Corso unemployable and flat broke, until a newspaper editor offers him a lifeline. Grateful for the job, Corso disappears from the public eye, submitting his assignments at night, cutting all ties, living a quiet life. Until a visitor from a past he’d rather forget shows up with a plea for help he can’t ignore. This is the first book in the series, and it does an excellent job of fleshing out the characters as they are introduced, providing details explaining the relationships between characters while moving the story along at a quick pace. Ford is a wonderful linguist with a flair for rhetoric steeped in irony. He’s also very very funny, very clever, very tongue-in-cheek, writing in a style which keeps the reader engrossed, and entertained. A great read, as are all of the Frank Corso books. G.M. Ford is the kind of writer who will hook you with just one book, and it will be so good, you’ll read everything else he’s written afterwards. And you won’t be disappointed. A+ Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Frank Corso, a renegade journalist with a conscience and a penchant for solitude, makes a winning debut in this new series from the author of the Leo Waterman novels (The Bum’s Rush, etc.). Booted out of New York City and nearly out of journalism because of a nasty libel suit, Corso is taken on by the third-rate Seattle Sun and its proprietor, the steely Natalie Van Der Hoven. One of Frank’s early pieces for the Sun examined the investigation of the “Trashman” crimes, a series of gruesome rapes and murders. The suspect, Walter Leroy Himes, was unsavory enough, but Corso wasn’t convinced that he was the Trashman. Now Himes’s execution date is fast approaching, and his principal accuser suddenly reveals that she was badgered into fingering Himes. As soon as Corso asks a question or two around the Seattle police department, the whole place starts alternately squirming and blustering. Corso enlists Meg Dougherty, a freelance photographer with legal training, as his assistant. Meg is covered head to toe with bizarre tattoos, thanks to a malicious boyfriend and one night of drugged sleep. More importantly, she’s sharp and tough. Instead of ending with the pair sniffing out the real Trashman, Ford tweaks his tale a few more times, with missing evidence, secret lovers and a parent gone mad with grief. There’s a love story here, too, tender and solid, that sneaks up on the reader and on the couple in question. Only a master could serve up such a fine story and then some. (May 1)Forecast: With a blurb from Harlan Coben, plus the popularity of the six Leo Waterman novels, this one could push Ford onto mystery bestseller charts.Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Fury: A Novel Hardcover – April 24, 2001 by G.M. Ford (Author) Review
Readers will find "Fury" to be an exciting novel, with much suspense, many surprises, and much action. There is also a lot of extended explanations of routine events, conversations and actions. I usually skim through these pages, but was unable to do so, at least through the first third of the novel. They were so well written that I found myself reading every word. That wasn’t the case for the rest of the novel, where I did a lot of skimming, especially during the last 10% or so. It almost seemed as if the author was attempting to add pages, thinking that potential readers would be looking for length. Despite these detractions, "Fury" is a well-written novel that I highly recommend. -Read Reviews-
Great read. Corso is a step up from normal newspaper writers. Fun read from start to finish. Great characters and plot
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