Ford has written two series – Leo Waterman with 8 books in total – the first 6 of which were published between 1995 and 2000. He then wrote a 6 book series with a journalist – Frank Corso which hit the racks between 2001 and 2006. Since then there have been 3 standalone novels and a return to the Leo Waterman books.
I’ve read from both series. The Corso books are darker, harder. The Waterman – lighter, a bit caperish – maybe a la Westlake. The Thrilling Detective website describes Waterman thus…….
G. M. Ford has his website here.
The full list of Leo books are as follows:
1. Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (1995)
2. Cast in Stone (1996)
3. The Bum's Rush (1997)
4. Slow Burn (1998)
5. Last Ditch (1999)
6. The Deader the Better (2000)
7. Thicker Than Water (2012)
8. Chump Change (2014)
The Bum’s Rush (1997)
Leo Waterman, a man who has taken the dregs of society and turned them into a surveillance team, is on the trail of the truth, along with his hapless crew of deviants, when a homeless woman claims to be a dead rock star's mother.
Slow Burn (1998)
Aided by his band of scruffy irregulars - "the Boys," a team of residentially challenged connoisseurs of inexpensive spirits who specialize in going unnoticed as they trail a suspect - Leo remains Seattle's most unorthodox and politically connected private investigator. Anticipating disaster, Le Cuisine Internationale, a prestigious global restaurant convention, hires Leo as its own Special Security Officer. His relatively simple assignment is to monitor the movements of the society's bone of contention: two adversarial steakhouse competitors, whose "beef" has previously made for some nasty confrontations; and the food critic who's caught in between the warring factions. Cleaning up the Boys, Leo sends them off to shadow the entourages and report back to him at day's end. What could be easier! But even the simplest of plans can cascade into catastrophe. Leo finds himself served up as the prime suspect in a murder, gets thoroughly grilled by the police, and realizes that both his life and career are at stake.