Detective Mike Mason now lives in Pacifica, a small coastal town just south of San Francisco, but is drawn back to the rough streets of the city's Tenderloin District by a new client, Laura Grandviewer, who is as beautiful as she is untrustworthy. Lies and half-truths send Mike upon a crooked path, and before he can unsnarl all of the loose ends Laura has set waving in the criminal winds, a growing body count will work to unnerve this hardened detective and end in a climactic splash of blood.
The latest in a long line of West Coast private eyes, Mike Mason takes stock of the state of his soul, as he navigates the complexities of a criminal caper, and finds clarity for both in the fog-scrubbed sky viewed from California's winding Highway One.
Matthew O'Malley was born and raised in San Francisco and is a current resident of the small town of Pacifica. A detective novel, film noir, and classic radio mystery buff, he is the author of a collection of short stories, Tales for Sale. This is the first novel in the Coastside Detectives series.