A Blind Eye : A Novel by G.M. Ford

Best known for his Leo Waterman series, G.M. Ford is at his best when writing mysteries filled with wry humor and the classic "antihero."

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A Blind Eye : A Novel by G.M. Ford


  • Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.31 x 6.27
  • Publisher: Avon; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
  • ISBN: 038097875X

    Frank Corso already survived a defrocking by The New York Times, following his alleged fabrication of a major crime story. Having since re-created himself as a true-crime writer, he can ill afford to have his credibility questioned again. So when, in G.M. Ford's A Blind Eye, he is subpoenaed to back up his book-selling boast about a Texas high-society murder, Corso disappears into the upper Midwest with his photographer (and former lover), Meg Dougherty--only to stumble onto one of the most horrific stories of his career.

    Seeking shelter after an SUV accident in tiny, blizzard-racked Avalon, Wisconsin, Corso discovers the bones of Eldred Holmes and his sons shoved beneath an abandoned barn. Neighbors thought the family had moved away 15 years before; instead, its males had been murdered. Bargaining with Avalon's sheriff to stay free of the Texas authorities, Corso agrees to investigate these killings. The solution may lie with Eldred's wife, Sissy, an exotic seductress whose skeleton isn't among the pile, and whose deliberately obscured--and bloody--trail leads the author and Dougherty to a slain nun in Pennsylvania, a family-destroying fire among isolated hill folk in New York, and a desperate, deadly ambush in northern Michigan. It doesn't take the rangy Corso long to realize that he's dealing with a protean and controlling killer, immune to remorse.

    Ford is adept at dribbling out the sort of revelations that build fictional suspense. He enhances that with a mordant wit, oddball secondary players, and a protagonist whose gruffness is infrequently but intriguingly undermined by a warmth born of loyalty. Yet A Blind Eye, for all of its gripping darkness, pales beside its predecessors, Fury and Black River. The super-secret information source to which Corso turns here whenever he loses his quarry's scent is a contrivance beneath Ford's talents. And the assassination of an Avalon deputy, for which Corso is held responsible, is a complication with little purpose and no satisfactions. Fortunately, this book's chilling close makes the whole thing go down easier. --J. Kingston Pierce

    Book Description

    The rules never mattered much to Frank Corso, rogue reporter, successful true crime writer, and honorable loner with a dangerous edge. The fact that two Texas troopers have a warrant with his name on it means nothing to him -- except run -- which he does in the company of photojournalist Meg Dougherty, his former lover and perhaps one true friend. But the running stops when a furious Midwestern blizzard sends their car crashing to the bottom of an icy hill, and they are forced to seek an escape from the storm in an abandoned Wisconsin house of horrors.

    In a shed outside their temporary shelter a shocking discovery awaits Meg and Corso: human bones -- a lot of them -- the grisly remains of Eldred Holmes and his family. A hideous crime undetected for fifteen years is about to become a top priority for the understaffed local law, who want Corso to investigate. His first move will be to somehow locate the one family member who escaped the carnage, Eldred's wife, Sissy, whose skeleton is not among the others ... and whose face has been neatly scissored from every picture in the Holmes family album.

    With only eight days to solve a multiple homicide, Corso begins a hunt that will carry him halfway across the country and through a chilling history of violence, terror, and bloodshed that spreads from the small town of Avalon, Wisconsin, to the remote farmlands of New York State. And his single-minded pursuit will make Corso a marked man -- the target of a rage- driven maniac, a master of cunning reinvention -- as he draws closer to the shocking truth that's hidden away in an isolated mountain community, where no law protects the innocent.

    Reader Reviews
    GM Ford's Blind Eye needs to be recalled., October 22, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from NYC Having read the 6 Waterman novels - all are great fun and well done (very Parker like). And the first two Corso mysteries were also wonderful. Blind Eye was a like a stick in mine. Ford's Melissa-D pure c**p as a plot element and did not help drive the story but only severed to weaken the plot and distract the reader from what was done well. Ford seems to have been unable to resolve a key issue in his novel without the introduction of omnipotent data provider - Melissa-D - that only 12 people in the world are said to have access to. The plot issue would have and could have been solved by any online "get info on your..." provider for about $500.00. What done well (or almost well) were the main plot, fleshing out and developing Meg more, tangential characters were not all one dimensional, and Wisconsin parts of the book. The Texas sub-plot could have been much better. The interaction between Corso and the FBI, Texas Rangers, New Jersey State police and all others in law enforcement strain the bounds of credibility. The false identification and everything relating to it please see the Melissa-D comments - substitute fake ID for Melissa-D. (I will grant that Abdul Garcia is funny) While this reader is willing to suspend his disbelieve I am not willing to become a paranoid, intellectually challenged Luddite. Ford's next novel will need to be great to makeup for Blind Eye in order to keep me as a reader and more importantly a buyer - I have purchased all of his novels thus far.

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