When an old gangster friend of Leo’s father makes a request he “can’t refuse”, Leo and his band of drunks delve into the world of environmental politics in search of Caroline Nobel - a spoiled brat without the sense God gave a gopher. With the help of “the Boys” - a group of aging winos who are his modern-day “Baker Street Irregulars” - Leo fights Native American tribal politics, industrial pollution, and psychotic grannies to fulfill his obligation to a friend.
After seven months laying low in Ocean Beach, California, Seattle PI Leo Waterman has finally stopped looking over his shoulder - specifically, for the vengeful band of Washington white supremacists who blame Leo for blindsiding their big plans for America. Where better to disappear with his bodyguard, Gabe, than this laid-back stretch of San Diego heaven? But when Leo finds a boy’s body on the beach, he comes out of hiding to investigate.
Returning to Seattle after a business trip, retired PI Leo Waterman is shocked to find his girlfriend, Rebecca Duvall, unconscious on the bathroom floor, her house filled with gas. Officials believe it was a suicide attempt in the wake of a humiliating scandal. Under investigation for dereliction of duty, she'd been suspended from her job as medical examiner for King County. Leo knows Rebecca too well - and is determined to prove her innocence and clear her name. Most important, he wants to find out who tried to kill her.
At the end of an especially raucous day at his neighborhood bar, private eye Leo Waterman is surprised to see his old flame, Rebecca Duval, walk in the door. But King County's medical examiner is here on business, not pleasure. Two dead bodies, covered by an old coat that once belonged to Leo's father, have turned up in the trunk of a car. The only thing that seems to connect the men is a controversial local church and its charismatic pastor.
Hearing a dying stranger call you by name would leave anyone full of questions. When it happens to private eye Leo Waterman, the more he learns about the late lottery winner's rags-to-riches-to-ruination life, the more he wants not just answers but justice. That means a road trip to Idaho to find out how a good-hearted young man with millions got skinned - in more ways than one. It's all downhill from there as Leo gets roped into an ugly battle between elderly ranchers and a ruthless developer who knows how to make a killing.
Anticipating problems, a prestigious global restaurant convention hires Leo as a security liaison. His assignment: monitor the movements of two adversarial steak-house competitors whose "beef" has previously made for some nasty confrontations and landed a food critic in the crossfire of two warring factions. Leo sends "the Boys" off to shadow all three parties and report back to him. But even the simplest of plans can cascade into catastrophe. And Leo soon finds himself served up as the prime suspect in a murder...realizing that both his life and career are at stake.
When a homeless woman says she’s the mother of a deceased rock idol, sometimes-private-eye Leo Waterman takes it upon himself to investigate the lady’s claim. With the help of "the Boys", a band of dissolute deputies, Leo begins a life-threatening pursuit of the truth nobody wants to hear.
Leo’s boyhood hero, Henry “Heck” Sundstrom, was larger than life. Lately, however, Heck’s life has been spiraling out of control. First there was the honeymoon boating accident that killed Heck’s son and new daughter-in-law, Allison. And now the big man himself is dying — struck down by a delivery truck in a seedy section of Seattle. As he investigates, Leo begins to wonder if Allison went down with the ship. And whether, with the aid of his aging legmen, “the Boys”, he can prove the “late” Mrs. Heck is more alive — and lethal — than anyone ever suspected.
For years Leo Waterman eked out a meager living as a PI in Seattle. He survived run-ins with murderers, drug dealers, and jealous wives, but when Rebecca, the love of his life, dumped him to marry someone else…that was a different story. After Leo’s trust fund finally kicks in, he takes his broken heart and slips gratefully into retirement — until the day he learns that Rebecca has vanished and no one, not even her overbearing mother, can locate her. Together with his motley crew of homeless drunks and reprobates, Leo sets out to find Rebecca, following her twisted trail from the rain-swept streets of Seattle to the murky depths of the great North Woods. The stink of it all emanates from none other than Rebecca’s new husband, whose lies cast Leo into the path of a ruthless gang that will stop at nothing — not even murder — to protect what’s theirs.
Bestselling author Frank Corso is at first reluctant to investigate a four-year-old unsolved murder. Then he endures two attacks on his life and his curiosity is quickly sharpened. Clearly someone still has something to hide.
Frank Corso is a pariah - a journalist once vilified for making up "facts" on a major crime story. Yet slow, sheltered Leanne Samples trusts no one but Corso to tell the world that her courtroom testimony that put Walter Leroy "Trashman" Himes on Death Row was a lie. Convicted of the savage slaying of eight Seattle women, Himes is only six days from execution, unless Frank Corso and outcast photographer Meg Dougherty into a struggle that goes far beyond right, wrong, truth, and justice.
Meza Azul Correctional Facility in Arizona is designed to hold the worst criminals. So it is with mixed horror and disbelief that Governor James Blaine discovers "lifer" Timothy Driver has managed to take control of the prison.
Something has been let loose in the city: an airborne horror that leaves a tunnel full of corpses below the streets of Seattle, just as experts from 50 nations are gathering downtown for an international symposium on chemical and biological weapons. As the city grinds to a halt, true-crime author Frank Corso is evacuated from his friend Meg Dougherty's first photographic exhibition. All too soon, he unwittingly establishes himself as a prime suspect in this deadly conspiracy.
The rules never mattered much to true-crime writer Frank Corso. So when the Texas police release a warrant with his name on it, he runs. Accompanied by former lover Meg Dougherty, Corso heads straight into a furious blizzard that sends his car crashing to the bottom of an icy hill. The pair are forced to seek shelter in an abandoned house. But in their retreat, Corso and Meg make a horrific discovery: the grisly remains of Eldred Holmes and his family.
Why would a teenager with no prior record suddenly assassinate a city councilman? Retired PI Leo Waterman wouldn’t have bothered finding out if an old pal hadn’t asked. But Leo’s girlfriend, Rebecca, thinks the investigation is too dangerous. Especially after Leo is beaten badly. Fortuitously, however, the attack leaves him with a lasting clue about the case that the attackers carved into his chest. Now, this new lead brings Leo into the woods just north of Seattle to infiltrate the dark heart of an impressionable young boy’s sudden, violent turn - a white-power retreat that’s amassing an army....
Between the end of his marriage and the excessive force complaints against him, Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan is running out of chances. When a powerful and connected city councilman reports that his wife and two daughters have disappeared, Dolan is assigned the case - knowing full well that his career is riding on the outcome.
The high-profile, tight-security trial of a thug charged with 63 counts of murder has become a media-circus...and a real nightmare for a loner type like Frank Corso, the only writer allowed to observe the proceedings. And that's before his close friend, photojournalist Meg Dougherty, is rushed to Intensive Care after a terrifying and brutal attack.
Paul Hardy has lived in a care home for the past seven years with no memory of who he is or where he came from. When a horrific accident necessitates pioneering surgery he begins to remember things. Things that if he's not careful will get him killed. When armed men begin hunting Hardy soon afterwards, it becomes apparent that dark and powerful forces are determined to prevent him from recalling events in the life he is so desperate to remember...