Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Threshold by GM Ford (4 stars)

About Threshold

Paperback: 254 pages

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 21, 2015)

Acclaimed for his best-selling books featuring P.I. Leo Waterman, Ford introduces readers to a new, yet equally unorthodox hero in THRESHOLD: embattled Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan. 

Still smarting from the very public breakup of his marriage and facing conduct complaints for use of excessive force, Dolan is at the end of his rope – and possibly at the end of his career – when he catches a case that just might turn things around: the disappearance of the wife and daughters of a powerful city councilman. Assisted by a remarkable young woman who may know the terrible truth about the missing family, Dolan soon finds he must choose between helping his career and protecting innocent lives. 

A suspenseful police thriller about a not-so-good cop given the opportunity to do the right – and most difficult – thing, THRESHOLD is a new chapter for G.M. Ford that is sure to satisfy fans of his Waterman and Frank Corso stories and new readers alike.

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Detective Sergeant Mickey Dolan is already on thin ice when he find himself at the center of a case that will only make his life tougher. A powerful city councilman's family is missing, and he wants them found. Unfortunately, they don't want to be found.

In addition, there's Grace, a woman with a special gift, who's also tied to the investigation. She has her own burdens to bear.

I'll admit... in the beginning, I needed a notebook to keep up with all the elements of this story. At first, Mickey's story seemed completely separate from Grace's story. Her character, and her gift, are what drew me in. Thankfully, about one-third of the way through, the rest of the storyline picked up and started to come together. By the end, I understood and appreciated the arc.

Since this story was presented as a mystery and suspense thriller, I was confused by the real story... an emotional saga about doing what's right when faced with moral issues. Yet, that's the very thing that made me like the story. If you are looking for an intriguing who-done-it, look elsewhere. However, if you appreciate a thought-provoking story about when to stand up for what you believe in, then you'll enjoy Threshold.

Note: If my review seems vague, it's meant to be. Since the author chose to leave out many elements of the story from the blurb, it seemed only right to not divulge those storylines in my review.

Rating: 4 stars

About G. M. Ford 

G.M. Ford broke onto the mystery scene with Who in Hell is Wanda Fuca?, a gin-soaked tome featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. The six-book Leo Waterman series was nominated for several awards, including the Shamus, the Anthony, and the Lefty. In 2001, Ford launched a new series featuring disgraced reporter Frank Corso and his goth assistant, Meg Dougherty. In 2011, after a twelve-year hiatus, he decided to write a new Leo Waterman novel, Thicker Than Water, which Thomas & Mercer promptly bought. His eighth Leo Waterman book, Chump Change, followed in 2014. Ford lives and works in Seattle, and is married to the beautiful and talented mystery author Skye Kathleen Moody.
Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Anonymous said...

"a story about when to stand up for what you believe in" sounds like something that I would DEFINITELY enjoy.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!