Created by G.M. Ford
A hapless, rumpled, heart-on-his-sleeve, middle-aged, grumpy smart-ass, Seattle private eye LEO WATERMAN stumbles from one quixotic case to another, in this highly-entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, critically-acclaimed series, by G.M. Ford. Aiding him in his escapades are "the boys," a gang of "residentially-challenged devotees of cheap alcohol." Yep, not to put too fine a point on it, Leo's sidekicks are a bunch of mostly fun-loving winos and bums.
Leo's partial to good beer and good music, himself, and, of course, his long-time love, the lovely Rebecca Duvall, who is more than a match for Leo. But make no mistake--Leo's no cream puff. He's also hardheaded and opinionated, with deep roots in the city, and a ton of connections, thanks to his old man's clout as a politico.
Sure, this whole P.I. thing is just a dodge while he waits for a ginormous trust fund to kick in, but when the going gets tough, he can become a particularly fierce opponent. One of the best of the new eyes around.
But 2000's The Deader the Better seems to have been the last in the series. In 2001, Ford returned with a new sleuth, newshawk Frank Corso. Frank's a far darker kind of detective, and yet, Ford's plain old readability remains as much a treat as ever. Leo even makes an appearance or two, just to let fans know he may be gone, but he's not forgotten.
Or, I guess, what we were supposed to think. Leo was still apparently out there somewhere, essentially retired from the shamus game, but still willing to step up when a friend is in need. Because Leo reappeared after twelve years in Thicker Than Water (2012), and suddenly Leo's back in the game. Chump Change followed in 2014.
-- Kathleen, a denizen of DorothyL (sorry! I've lost her last name)
-- The Washington Post Book World
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