FURY by G.M. Ford
William Morrow - May, 2001
ISBN 0389077249 - Hardcover

Reviewed by Susan McBride, MyShelf.com
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To be completely honest, I had never read G.M. Ford before, though I had heard of his Leo Waterman books.  Though Leo makes an appearance in FURY, this book belongs to Frank Corso, the gruff, anti-social reporter for the Seattle Sun tabloid who has a knack for making enemies.  Fired from the New York Times after a libel suit sinks his career, Frank took up the only offer he got from Sun to write two columns a month for a set fee, leaving him time to work on crime books.  Other than that, he has little to do with the news game.

That is, until the key witness in a serial killing case comes to him and confesses she lied in court.  Frank had covered the "Trashman" murders three years before, and the man convicted, Walter Leroy Himes, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in six days.  But Leanne Samples, supposedly the only survivor of the Trashman, admits she perjured herself but the police won't believe her.  Frank realizes then that Himes, while hardly a saint, is no serial killer.  Which means the Trashman is still out there and may kill again.

FURY grabbed hold of me from the start, and I ended up reading it all in one sitting.  Though there are moments of disbelief--like the fact that Frank puts together the pieces of the three-year-old case and finds the culprit in a matter of days when the FBI and police couldn't do it before--the pace is fast, the plot absorbing, the words stark and the settings vivid.  A good fit for fans of Connelly and one of my favorite reads so far in 2001.

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