Susan Dunlap. An Equal Opportunity Death (1984) 184 pp.
Veronica “Vejay” Haskell is a Pacific Gas & Electric meter reader
in the small town of Henderson, along the Russian River. She calls in sick
to work one day and makes plans to go to San Francisco with Frank Goulet,
owner of a local tavern, Frank’s Place (she and Frank both recently relocated
to Sonoma County to escape the pressures of the city). When Frank
abruptly cancels the trip, they argue and she leaves. Later she returns
to Frank’s Place to apologize, only to find that Frank has been shot and
that she is the county sheriff’s prime suspect. Vejay begins her own investigation
into Frank’s murder and uncovers more information about his past than she cares
to know. The investigation takes her to San Francisco and attracts the
attention of the real killer.