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The Bum's Rush (Leo Waterman #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  852 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Leo Waterman and his eccentric team of operatives venture into the baffling world of the Seattle rock music scene as they try to untangle the mystery surrounding the death of a rock star and the conflicting claims of two unlikely heirs to his fortune. By the author of Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Walker & Company
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Donna Davis
I have read every speck of fiction written by the man who calls himself GM Ford. Part of it is that he sets a good deal of his work in Seattle, and I was stunned to find him (in one or another of the Leo Waterman books) chasing a villain into my neighborhood, down my street, and when he turned and I read the description of the house in which the body was found, I thought...MY STARS! I KNOW WHICH HOUSE HE MEANS!

Okay. That won't happen for most of you. But if you can track down the old Leo Waterma
Mar 07, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I really like this author's writing style, he makes the characters believable and likeable. His descriptive style allows you to jump right in and feel like you are a part of the story that is being told.
Brenda Mengeling
Mar 05, 2013 Brenda Mengeling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, ebook, 49
The Bum's Rush, a Leo Waterman mystery, did not disappoint. Very satisfactory. Leo is asked by a lawyer friend to find a missing librarian who appears to have embezzled two hundred grand from the Seattle public library system. However, Leo isn't very good at letting sleeping dogs lie, and soon he is also trying to figure out if the overdose death of an upcoming music star was really murder. Somehow during these investigations, he's made someone very unhappy as a grey van keeps trying to run him ...more
Sue Nelson
Leo Waterman is a PI in Seattle, tough when needed, fair, he cares but doesn’t show it, good at zingers and says it like it is. The entertaining aspect of these books is his ‘staff’. When he needs help finding or tracking people he uses a group of locals who live in questionable places and always have a brown bag bottle handy. As Leo has noted, they are invisible to society at large and, therefore, get the answers he needs without being noticed. The interchanges he has with them are a highlight ...more
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(written in 1997) Leo Waterman is back and he's hot. A homeless woman he befriends turns out to be the soon disinherited mother of a recently dead rock star (this, as all Leo's, takes place in Seattle). And his friend the lawyer needs help finding a librarian who's apparently skimmed $250,000 from the library and skipped. One really fun part of this is that Leo is now on-line. The Dorothy-L mailing list (for mystery buffs) figures into this story and Leo's own ISP is the same as mine (at the tim ...more
Ford, G.M. - 3rd in Leo Waterman series

This time out, Leo has plenty on his plate: one of the "boys," the homeless cronies he often uses for legwork, has gone missing; he's hired to find a librarian who has scammed the city's automated acquisitions system out of 200 grand; and he's on the trail of a record producer who may have arranged the overdose of a grunge rock star.

what makes these books unique and special is Leo's pals. There are layers to Ford's writing that make him w
Feb 18, 2015 Tulay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will be laughing and smiling all the way to the end.

This was the first book I read written by G.M. Ford, loved it. Interesting plot, humour. Also learned couple new words, Patrick Lawlor's reading made it more enjoyable. It's a free book with audio. Leo's "boy" are residentialy challenged and over served at the bars, but they are there to help him. 90's dial up networks and "you got mail" brought me back 20 years.
Another in the Leo Waterman (private detective, based in Seattle) series. They're all here: his girlfriend, Duval; the lawyer, Jed; and of course his "residentially challenged" bunch of hobo sidekicks.

As usual two or three semi-plots weave around each other, and there is a bit of Keystone Cops style slapstick. Pacy, entertaining and a jolly good fun read, with some lovely descriptive language too. What more could a reader want? Not much more, that's for sure.
Walt Mccluskey
Feb 22, 2016 Walt Mccluskey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The bum's rush

Much better story than any others I've read of Ford. This one was as wacky with the cast of characters but was much more smoothly written and had enough detail to make sense. Interesting use of 2 stories to tie the whole thing at the end . Made me want to read another to be sure it wasn't a fluke.
Jan 30, 2011 T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Leo Waterman story set in Seattle with the usual motley crew of down and out assistants. Bit of Seattle Chinatown featured in an early chapter, along with a local Chinese figure - setting, character and this bit of story line is true. Volunteer Park also plays a role, as does Harborview. Character in the main storyline is reminscent of Kurt Cobain.

Funny, funny, improbable and lovable characters. Set in Seattle where the lone P.I. solves cases with the help of his version of the Baker Street regulars, a bunch of winos from downtown's Pioneer Square. Well written, political humor and atypical shamus investigations form the basis of these novels.
Jul 27, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Leo Waterman series.

Leo Waterman and his street people friends search for Ralph, one of "The Boys" who has gone missing. While they search they save a homeless woman from being beaten to death. The woman indicates that she is the mother of a rock star who has supposedly just died from an overdose. Leo looks into it while tracking down an embezzling librarian.
selma b edwards
Sep 06, 2014 selma b edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read!

I just simply can't get enough of Leo and the boys! I'm looking for the next in the series. The twists and turns of the story line along with the humor keep the pages turning.
Jun 10, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of a series involving private eye Leo Waterman. One of those PIs who does not take himself too seriously. Takes place in Seattle. A twist--Waterman employs homeless people to assist him (and humanizes them a bit in the process).
Nov 23, 2016 Catsalive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

A very enjoyable PI tale. It moved quickly & had a bit of humour to it. Leo Waterman is a likeable character, & his army of the residentially-challenged are hard to beat for undercover surveillance. Good reading.
Apr 15, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leo Waterman and his gang of Hobos help a fellow street person gain back her heritage as well as money in a good written and hilarious novel. G M Ford keeps getting better & better with each new novel. Keep them coming!!
Sherri Venable
Jan 24, 2013 Sherri Venable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a mystery for people who don't usually read them, like me. It's funny in a really rough-edged way, and living in the Seattle region, it's hilarious to think of this kind of mayhem going on in places I've been walking around for the last few years. A very entertaining book!
Suzanne Lavine
Nov 09, 2014 Suzanne Lavine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read

the story is very entertaining but best of all is the writing style. GM writes in a sassy, smart, comic , very descriptive way - your picture what he's describing and at the same time it's so funny. the main character is great, with some wonderful, unusual side-kicks.
Sharon Bogen
Aug 04, 2016 Sharon Bogen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Seattle....

A very articulate writer using the most improbable cast of characters as spokespersons! Delightful....and Seattle as the backdrop for all the mystery and fun.
Apr 24, 2012 Ike rated it really liked it
One word = fun
Apr 17, 2016 Laarin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK book. Little harder to get through this one. Than his last one.
Sep 22, 2011 Marty rated it liked it
Third entry in the Leo Waterman series. Not as gripping as the second, but still fun with all the boys.
Hit the wrong button. should be on my to-read. sorry!
Jul 09, 2010 woody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. Continuing series of private detective Leo Waterman and the homeless people that help "work" for him.
May 07, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series. Very entertaining and easy to read. Fast moving plot and credible characters.
Greg Tymn
May 25, 2014 Greg Tymn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best of the Waterman series. Great characters, good plot, interesting dialogue and very fast moving.
Rinie Ibrahim
Its an ok book for detective. straightforward with not much mystery. Lighter version of a detective book.
David Highton
Jan 28, 2016 David Highton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another great story about Leo and the group of drunks who help him. I love the clever humour that goes along with the fast moving plot
bonnie kirchner
Aug 08, 2016 bonnie kirchner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bums Rush

This is the third book in this series. . It was just ok. I hope the next book in this series is better
Dale Rosso
Nov 05, 2013 Dale Rosso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good entry in the Waterman series.
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Gerald M. Ford is the author of the widely praised Frank Corso novels, Fury, Black River, A Blind Eye, Red Tide, No Man's Land, and Blown Away; six highly acclaimed mysteries, featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman; and the stand-alone thriller Nameless Night. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, Ford lives in Seattle and is currently working on his next novel.
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