Last Ditch: A Leo Waterman Mystery by G.M. FordLast Ditch: A Leo Waterman Mystery by G.M. Ford

Last Ditch: A Leo Waterman Mystery

byG.M. Ford

Mass Market Paperback | February 9, 2000

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Seattle p.i. Leo Waterman knows the city like no one else. And he knows how to stretch the limits of the law, when necessary, to accomplish what needs to be done--a very useful talent Leo acquired from his late, larger-than-life father, once one of the region's most powerful and colorful political characters. But just how seriously Waterman senior transgressed during his time on Earth comes into question when one of "the Boys"--Leo's "residentially challenged" barfly allies--digs up a human skeleton in Dad's backyard.

The remains that remain belong to "Wild Bill" Waterman's staunchest foe--an ultra-conservative muckraking journalist who vanished mysteriously thirty years before. Leo has always struggled in his father's shadow--but he's convinced that his old man was much too savvy to have committed murder--let alone to have interred the victim in his own backyard. But in order to clear his father's damaged name, the dutiful son is going to have to start digging up a very dangerous past...and do his damnedest not to get buried beneath it.

 

Seattle p.i. Leo Waterman knows the city like no one else. And he knows how to stretch the limits of the law, when necessary, to accomplish what needs to be done--a very useful talent Leo acquired from his late, larger-than-life father, once one of the region's most powerful and colorful political characters. But just how seriously Waterman senior transgressed during his time on Earth comes into question when one of "the Boys"--Leo's "residentially challenged" barfly allies--digs up a human skeleton in Dad's backyard.

The remains that remain belong to "Wild Bill" Waterman's staunchest foe--an ultra-conservative muckraking journalist who vanished mysteriously thirty years before. Leo has always struggled in his father's shadow--but he's convinced that his old man was much too savvy to have committed murder--let alone to have interred the victim in his own backyard. But in order to clear his father's damaged name, the dutiful son is going to have to start digging up a very dangerous past...and do his damnedest not to get buried beneath it.

A former creative writing teacher in Western Washington, G.M. Ford is the author of five previous critically acclaimed Leo Waterman novels: Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, Cast in Stone, The Bum’s Rush and Slow Burn and Last Ditch. Now a full-time writer, Mr. Ford makes his home in Seattle.
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Title:Last Ditch: A Leo Waterman MysteryFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.8 inPublished:February 9, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380793695

ISBN - 13:9780380793693

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOS4ATO It was a good read, just didn't fully capture my full attention. I found it interesting that the author mentioned "True Knot" in one of the chapters. The last I read of this group was in Stephen King's book Dr. Sleep.
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bit of a slow going Little bit of a slow start but I've it got going it was amazing I didn't want it to end great book!!!!!
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary Second book that I've read by joe hill...very good, very very scary. Keep up the good work Mr. Hill........if you read this book chances are you will keep the lights on all night.............
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read The majority of the book was good the ending excellent! It was a combination of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Robin cook. Looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The apple doesn't fall far from the tree Readers who find themselves comparing Joe Hill to Stephen King are not mistaken. Hill is really King's son & his novel is very reminiscent of early King novels. A good old horror novel.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! He gets better with each book. This was an awesome story and I eagerly await his next book. The son is well out of his father's shadow and his light burns brightly.
Date published: 2014-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOS4A2 Loved it! Probably his best book.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from NOS4A2 A fun little sy fi story
Date published: 2014-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Hard to put down. A page turner. A good writer that is just as good as his dad, Steven King and wife Tabitha! Will be looking forward for more writings by Joe Hill. "Horns", was also a very good read.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy and fun! A wonderfully crafted novel that could easily turn Christmas into a season of chills, beyond the particulars of weather.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like Father, Like Son One of the best villains since Randall Flagg in The Stand.
Date published: 2014-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOS4A2 Hreat read, brings to mind Stephen King. A real get lost in it page turner.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scissors for the drifter Great story about childhood, the inner psyche, addiction and love or lack of love can shape a person.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky and fun Lots of neat little references to his father's work but still a great standalone read.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky and fun Grippin g novel from start to finish. A wonderful talent who is carrying on a great tradition of eerie, macabre and unique storytelling exploring the dark side of humanity, while giving hope that the goodness will Triumph!
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! A compelling book. Had me hooked all the way. I have to say, it was bizarre at times but gripping all the way. A definite recommend.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This is a very dark and clever novel. Joe Hill has his own voice, but with echoes of dad (S.K.!) in it! A great read and here's hoping for many more like this to come.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! Joe Hill is my new "go to" horror author. NOS4A2 is a mind twisting, adrenaline rush of a story filled with some scary, and some surprisingly real characters. Although the evil are EVIL in this book, the good are also extremely fallible and likeable. Had dreams (nightmares) about this book weeks after I read it. Can't wait for what's next.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wow! I did not enjoy this book,I felt that the story line dragged on and I found myself getting bored,that being said however I did enjoy the ending
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! NOS4A2 will take you on a ride of suspense and terror. Joe Hill sort of takes the concept of the Boogeyman to a whole new level. Not for the easily scared!! The book is long, but not too complex. Joe Hill hasn't disappointed me yet and I recommend this to fans of horror and suspense!
Date published: 2014-01-23

From Our Editors

A prominent Seattle politician, Leo Waterman`s late father was a master at stretching the law to its limits. Just how far did he stretch it? As far as murder? One of Leo`s boys unearths Wild Bill Waterman`s worst enemy in his dad`s backyard. Leo is determined to clear his father`s injured name. That means digging up a deadly past and placing himself in grave danger. G. M. Ford`s Last Ditch: A Leo Waterman Mystery is an enthralling, entertaining tale of buried secrets. 

Editorial Reviews

"A pleasure...another winner...G. M. Fork tells a roaring good tale." --"Arizona Daily Star"A fine new mystery." --"Seattle Times"Great fun." --"Booklist""Last Ditch may be the outstanding mystery of the year." --"Nashville Tennessean