FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ashland, Or. April 25, 2008
GM Ford and Skye Moody: Pacific Northwest Thrillers
Best-selling mystery author GM Ford launches the 2008 season of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group series on Friday May 9 at 6pm at Bookwagon Books in Ashland.
Nameless Night was released in February by Morrow, featuring Paul Hardy who has lost his memory, and finds it and himself in a group home for the disabled. Ford is also the author of the popular and critically acclaimed Leo Waterman and Frank Corso series.
Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca? published in 1995 is GM Ford's first in the Leo Waterman series, and the latest is The Deader the Better in 2000. This from ThrillingDetective.com about the series: "Hapless, rumpled, heart-on-his-sleeve, middle-aged, intelligent, grumpy, funny, smart-ass, and true blue, Seattle private eye LEO WATERMAN stumbles from one bizarre case to another, in this highly-entertaining, sometimes laugh-out loud funny, critically-acclaimed series, by GM Ford. Aiding him in his escapades are "the boys," a gang of "residentially-challenged devotees of cheap alcohol." Yep, not to put too fine a point on it, Leo's sidekicks are a bunch of winos and bums."
The first in the Frank Corso series, Fury (2001) was intended to be a stand alone but renegade journalist Corso was so well received that more mysteries followed. The latest was Blown Away (2006), with this review by Publishers Weekly: "In the gritty sixth Frank Corso novel (after 2005's No Man's Land), Ford makes clever use of an actual 2003 unsolved case to create a pulse-pounding plot capped by a dramatic and chilling ending."
Also joining GM Ford on May 9 is Skye Moody, author of the Venus Diamond mysteries. Diamond is an undercover agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, active in Pacific Northwest so the settings are familiar and the plots engaging. K Falls (2001) works the history of the Columbia River into the mystery, and you'll also find eco-terrorism, smuggling, diamonds and other themes. Moody's latest is Washed Up: The Curious Journeys of Flotsam and Jetsam, published in 2006 by Sasquatch Books.
The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery rvtv noir, which airs Wednesdays at 7:30p in Southern Oregon on cable 15, webcast at the same time from www.RogueTV.org.
Ashland Mystery is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library, and in 2008 also sponsored by Bookwagon New and Used Books, Standing Stone Brewing Company, and Beverly&David Lively -- The Party Place. For more information contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-245-7000 or visit www.BooksAndOldLace.com