Susan Dunlap. Rogue Wave (1991) 257 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Guts and honesty got Kiernan O’Shaughnessy fired from her job as medical examiner in San Francisco. Now she runs her own detective agency and is successful enough to have a handsome housekeeper who doubles as gourmet chef. When the wife of brain-damaged hit-and-run victim Garrett Brant gets a lead on who was behind the wheel, she hires Kiernan to follow up the clue. The suspect in the ‘accident’ is Robin Matucci, the femme fatale captain of a charter fishing boat that caters to the rich and powerful. Unfortunately for Kiernan, Matucci mixes with a crowd known for shady business dealings, hired thugs, and making people—especially nosy private eyes—sleep with the fishes. To get the evidence that will put the bad guys behind bars, Kiernan is forced to confront her ex-lover—now the acting coroner of San Francisco—who has some skeletons in his own closet.”
Setting: San Francisco, San Diego, Big Sur