Synopses & Reviews
Something has been set loose in the city -- an airborne horror that leaves a tunnel full of corpses below the streets of Seattle just as experts from fifty nations are gathering at a downtown hotel for an international symposium on chemical and biological weapons. Terror has hit the West Coast with a vengeance -- as a deadly tide sweeps into Frank Corso's town.
"Disgraced" rogue journalist and reclusive bestselling author Corso is at an exhibition showcasing the photographs of his best friend and ex-lover Meg Dougherty when terror strikes.
The deeper he immerses himself in a shadow world of senseless violence and unconscionable evil, the stronger the connections appear that tie one brutal death with the impending destruction of thousands -- perhaps millions -- of innocent lives. And suddenly Corso is caught up in a deadly conspiracy where the nightmarish consequences dwarf anything normally spawned by vengeance, greed, or bloodlust.
From the critically acclaimed author of Fury and A Blind Eye comes a gripping tale of unrelenting suspense that promises to lift G.M. Ford permanently into the uppermost tier of contemporary crime novelists. Gritty, explosive, timely, and terrific, Ford's Red Tide will carry readers away on a ride they will never forget.
"Ford hits the ground running with his fourth solid Frank Corso novel (Fury; Black River; etc.). Someone has sprayed a modified Ebola virus into a Seattle bus tunnel, killing more than 100 people. Journalist Corso promptly descends into the deadly tunnels to see what's going on because that's the kind of guy he is. The masterminds behind the plot have a pretty good reason for the destruction and are a welcome change from the genre's familiar wild-eyed Arab terrorists. It's all very straightforward, especially after a note warns that the next round of virus will become airborne in 30 hours and will live for 30 days which makes the bus tunnel business look like child's play. Scientific modeling points to a doomsday scenario, with the death of virtually every human on the planet the probable result. From then on it's a race against the clock as Corso teams up with courageous Seattle cop Charly Hart to stop the terrorists. Ford creates likable characters, whom he has the nerve to subject to the worst, no matter how attached the reader has become to them. There's not a lot of flash, and the twists and turns are easily negotiated, which keeps the pace fast and the characters in the foreground, making this an entertaining read in a dependable series. Agent, Lisa Vance. (July) FYI: Ford also writes the successful Leo Waterman series." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If this case is a shade less riveting than Frank's first three, it's only because Ford allows his tough, impossibly idealistic hero to spend less time than he should facing those windmills head-on." Kirkus Reviews
Ford's latest action-packed, highly suspenseful mystery finds Frank Corso on a case where an investigation into a gruesome murder unravels a massive terrorist conspiracy but in an unexpected way.
About the Author
G.M. Ford is the author of six widely praised Frank Corso novels, Fury, Black River, A Blind Eye, Red Tide, No Man's Land, and Blown Away, as well as six highly acclaimed mysteries featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, Ford lives in Oregon and is currently working on his next novel.