Aaron Connors. Under a Killing Moon (1996) 336 pp. [tpo]
Itís December 2042 and Tex Murphy, last of the old-style PIs, has hit rock bottom. A run of tough luck and a soured marriage have left Tex nursing a bottle of cheap bourbon and wishing he could sink right into the pavement. Then a priceless statuette is stolen. From the shadowy back streets of post-apocalyptic San Francisco come rumors that an ancient evil, foretold by prophecy and worshipped by an ancient blood cult, has mysteriously reawakened. When Tex is hired to find the statuette, he plunges into a labyrinth of deceit, manipulation, and murder. Heíll need all of his PI instincts and every ounce of Murphy savoir faire to resist the seduction of darkness and stop the forces of evilóbefore the terrifying prophecies become reality. [Also an interactive computer game.]
Setting: San Francisco