Stephen Greenleaf. Past Tense (1997) 282 pp.
In San Francisco, a policeman with an unimpeachable record draws his revolver in open court and shoots the accused, on trial for abusing a young girl. Why? The policeman isnít talking and soon after being jailed he escapes. That is when his buddy, investigator John Marshall Tanner decides he must find him, if only to save him from himself.