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   Last Ditch, by G. M. Ford  
  Novel, first publication in 1999
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      G.M. Ford's fifth book about Seattle private detective Leo Waterman begins with a backyard jolt: the Boys (a group of ancient alcoholics who Leo looks after) dig up the 30-year-old remains of a gay-bashing right-wing newspaper columnist named Peerless Price while doing some work on the grounds of the mansion belonging to Leo's late father, politician Wild Bill Waterman.

    It looks very much as though Wild Bill did indeed shoot and bury his arch enemy. And precisely because both a starchy relative and the entire Seattle PD warn him against it, Leo proceeds to risk life, limb, and his ancient Fiat convertible to prove his father's innocence. What he finds out--from Wild Bill's old driver, an ex-cop called Bermuda Schwartz, and other assorted ghosts from the past--provides a wild and often touching story that combines recent headlines (about the smuggling of Chinese immigrants) with moments of personal pain. That same combination is present in Ford's other books about Waterman: Slow Burn, Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, The Bum's Rush, and Cast in Stone.

    SOurce: Dick Adler,

      Part of series  
  • Leo Waterman (#5)

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  • 20th Century
  • Alcoholic
  • Detectives - Sleuths - Pis - Bounty Hunter
  • Hard-Boiled
  • Homosexuality
  • Journalists
  • Mystery
  • Seattle
  • U.S.A.

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