J.L. Abramo. Clutching at Straws (2003) 243 pp.
Lefty Wright breaks into Judge Chancellorís empty house easy as pie.
He has no clue about why he is being paid such a handsome sum for doing
it, but the job description didnít mention the corpse of a prominent criminal
court judge lying halfway under the bed. Charged with murder, Lefty contacts
San Francisco private investigator Jake Diamond. Jake takes the case, but
it soon leads down a series of side paths that sprawl out from Leftyís
prison cell like the tentacles of an octopus.