David Dodge. It Ain’t Hay (1946) 218 pp.
San Francisco tax expert Whit Whitney is dragged into the world of marijuana smugglers
when Barney Steele tries to hire him to cook his books in order to hide
his illegal income. Whit pretends to be considering the job in order for
the SFPD to get a look at Steele. When Whit then refuses to take the job
Steele realizes that he is being set up, so he sends a trio of “zoot-suiters”
to Whit’s office to pay him off—the hard way. They leave Whit with broken
ribs, a bloody head, and an overwhelming desire for revenge. Whit’s pursuit
of Steele leads him down a path of drugs, sex, and murder that ends on
a wharf in Half Moon Bay.