Barry just alerted me that Goodey's Last Stand: A Hard Boiled Mystery by Charles Alverson is free today here at Amazon and that it is a good one. So, I grabbed a copy. You might want to as well.
"San Francisco police detective Joe Goodey has all the luck.
only does he accidentally shoot an elderly janitor, but his perforated
victim turns out to be the mayor's cousin. This costs Joe his badge and
earns him an invitation to get out of town immediately--or else. But no
sooner has Joe done so, than he is jerked back, issued a private eye's
license and ordered to find out who iced Tina D'Óro--North Beach's
topless go-go queen and the mayor's 'special friend,' who left a red-hot
diary capable of torpedoing hizzoner's political career.
less than no time to work miracles, Joe sets off on a ricochet course
with more bumps than the hilly streets of San Francisco. A bizarre cast
that includes Chinatown's premier junior hoodlums, a mad plastic
surgeon, Tina's wannabe successor, a retired mobster with paternal
longings and worse keeps Joe hopping on an assignment that constantly
threatens to become Mission Impossible.
With time running out and his adversaries closing in, this hard-boiled mystery might wind up being Joe Goodey's last."
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