G. M. Ford

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Gerald M. Ford
BornGerald Ford
Pen nameG. M. Ford
EducationM.A. Literature
Alma materAdelphi University
SpouseSkye Kathleen Moody[1]

Gerald Moody Ford (born 1945) is an American crime and thriller novelist, writing as G. M. Ford.


Ford's father died when he was young and as such he was brought up solely by his mother, who worked as a secretary.[3] Ford attended Nathaniel Hawthorne College in New Hampshire (closed 1988)[4] and ended up with a master's degree in 18th-century literature from Adelphi University in New York.[3] Ford worked as a teacher of creative writing before becoming an author.[2][3]


Ford's first book, Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? was published in 1995. As well as being Ford's début novel, this book was also the first in a series of seven books based on the character Leo Waterman, a detective working in Seattle, Washington.

In 2001, Ford introduced the character Frank Corso in the novel Fury. This novel showed a different approach in Ford's writing style.[5] Ford wrote five more Corso novels before writing his first standalone novel Nameless Night (Identity in the UK) in 2008.


Leo Waterman series[edit]

  • Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca? (1995)
  • Cast in Stone (1996)
  • The Bum's Rush (1997)
  • Slow Burn (1998)
  • The Last Ditch (1999)
  • The Deader the Better (2000)
  • Thicker Than Water (2012)
  • Chump Change (2014)
  • Salvation Lake (2016)
  • Family Values (2017)
  • Soul Survivor (2018)

Frank Corso series[edit]

  • Fury (2001)
  • Black River (2002)
  • A Blind Eye (2003)
  • Red Tide (2004)
  • No Man's Land (2005)
  • Blown Away (2006)

Standalone novels[edit]

  • Nameless Night (Identity in UK) (2008)
  • Nature of the Beast (2013)
  • Threshold (2015)


Ford's début novel, Who in Hell Is Wanda Fuca?, was nominated for the 1996 Anthony Award, Shamus Award for Best First Novel and the Dilys Award for Best Novel.[6][7][8] The Deader the Better was nominated for the Best Novel Shamus Award in 2001.[7] The second novel in the Frank Corso series, Black River, was recognised by The Seattle Times as one of the "Best Mysteries of 2002."[9] The following year, Ford received the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Achievement Award for both his literary success and, according to The Seattle Times, his "willingness to help others."[3] The same year, he won the Spotted Owl Award for the best mystery novel by a Pacific Northwest writer for Black River.[10][11] A Blind Eye was a nominee in 2004.[12]


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  4. ^ Averill, Joni (1988-09-06). "Husson gains two Hawthorne stars". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  5. ^ Woog, Adam (2001-05-13). "Entertainment & the Arts | 'Sweet Mister' entices with sex, weirdness". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  6. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. 2003-10-02. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  7. ^ a b "The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  8. ^ "The Dilys Award – (Imba)". Mysterybooksellers.com. 2012-03-31. Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  9. ^ Woog, Adam (2002-12-01). "Entertainment & the Arts | Best mysteries of 2002". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  10. ^ Woog, Adam (2003-05-11). "Entertainment & the Arts | Rebels, hoods, terrorists, and maybe a killer". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  11. ^ "Awards". Friends of Mystery. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  12. ^ Woog, Adam (2004-06-13). "Entertainment & the Arts | Scene of the Crime". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-04-11.