Author G.M. Ford to Discuss Latest Book Set in Ocean Beach – Sat., Sept. 7 at OB Library

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Author G.M. Ford is all set to give a talk on his latest mystery novel, “Heavy on The Dead” which is set in Ocean Beach, of all places.

Ford will lead the discussion of his Leo Waterman mystery at the OB Library, this Saturday, September 7. The OB Library is at 4801 Santa Monica Ave. It’s at 2pm.

Back in July, our Bob Edwards wrote a review of the book and here is part of what he said then:

An award winning mystery and thriller novelist, G.M. Ford has just published a new book, Heavy On The Dead (Thomas and Mercer, Seattle, 2019) that is set largely in Ocean Beach.

From the first pages of the book when a body is discovered next to the Santa Cruz Avenue stairs during a beach cleanup to an episode searching for a homeless man along the San Diego River, to the protagonists battling traffic on Sea World Drive at rush hour, Heavy On The Dead has numerous local references that most OBceans will recognize.

It’s tempting to go on and on about the fun OB details that permeate the novel but articles with spoilers suck, right? Just get a copy and read it, already!

The novel is the twelfth in a series of books that feature former Seattle private detective Leo Waterman. The previous books were set in the Northwest but as this novel opens, the detective and his associate Gabe have relocated to Ocean Beach as part of a self-financed “personal witness protection program” after they have become the targets of a white supremacist group. The location change and the author’s skill at integrating the back story means that it’s no problem to jump into this series without having read any of the other books.

The novel provides a mainly positive depiction of Ocean Beach though it examines our town – warts and all. The protagonist, Leo, “gets” OB and clearly loves it, but he is also aware of the contradictions between the interests and power of super rich or politically well-connected citizens and those of ordinary people. He also recognizes some of the downsides of OB’s legendary reputation for tolerance of homeless or eccentric people. A different set of opinions of Ocean Beach, as expressed by a couple of hit men who are roaming OB in search of the detective, provide some contrast to Leo’s generally affectionate view of the Beach Area.  …

Filled with great dialogue, humorous observations by the detective hero, and a plot that relentlessly moves forward with interesting turns of events, this is one of the best mystery books I have read so far this year. Throw in references to our home town and you have a book that should prove enjoyable to most OB Rag readers.

I spoke to Fran at Run For Cover, Ocean Beach’s independent book store on Voltaire and the good people there will be happy to order Heavy On The Dead for interested customers. You can also find the novel [at the OB Library on the “OB Shelf”,] in eBook and other formats online.

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