Joe Gores. Dead Skip (1972) 184 pp.
San Francisco’s Daniel Kearny Associates (DKA) agency specializes in automobile repossessions. After picking up a ’72 Mercury Montego, repo man Bart Heslip ends up in the hospital with a cracked skull. The doctors give him seventy-two hours to live; Kearny gives Heslip’s partner Larry Ballard the same amount of time to find out who attacked Bart. Ballard’s investigation leads him all around San Francisco and the East Bay—and straight into murder. The first “DKA File” novel.
Hubin; Herron; MRJ; 1001 Midnights, p. 307-308