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.
About the Author
Gerald M. Ford was born on July 9, 1945, in Everett, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Hawthorne College, a M.A. in English from Adelphi University, and a second M.A., this one in political science, from the University of Washington. Ford taught English and communications at colleges in Oregon and Washington for twenty years. He often thought he would like to write a detective story himself. In 1995, his first mystery, Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, was published, and since then he has also written Cast in Stone (1996), The Bum's Rush (1997), Last Ditch, and Slow Burn. Ford's mysteries, which are set in Seattle, feature Leo Waterman, a private detective. Ford has been nominated for the Anthony Award, the Shaumus Award, and the Lefty Dilys Award. Ford feels that his work has been most influenced by mystery writers John D. McDonald, Ross McDonald, Robert B. Parker, and Rex Stout, and has included in various books small tributes to each of these authors.