Ron Goulart. After Things Fell Apart
(1970) 189 pp. (Ace SF Special  00950) [pbo]
In the last years of the 20th century, the United States of America
no longer exists. California has been divided into two separate political
entities. Southern California is controlled by the Chinese Commandos; various
warring factions are struggling for control of northern California. The
San Francisco Enclave controls the Bay Area. When a group of militant females
led by the mysterious Lady Day begins assassinating prominent men, the
S.F. Enclave Intelligence and Investigation Office calls in Jim Haley,
an operative with the Private Inquiry Office, to put an end to the killings.
Haley’s investigation takes him from the city across what is left of the
Golden Gate Bridge to wide-open Marin County, where he tracks down Penny
Deacon, a former Lady Day member. The trail then leads down the Peninsula
to Monterey County. Along the way, Haley meets a vast assortment of eccentric
characters, some human and some not so human.
Currey, p. 202