Richard Helms. Grass Sandal (2004) 251 pp.
Noted San Francisco trial attorney Taylor Chu has been found dead at the base of the Bay Bridge, missing his hands, feet, and head. How, then, can he also be sitting in private eye Eamon Gold’s office, sipping Gold’s Glenlivet single malt? As he tries to solve Chu’s abduction and eventual murder, Gold runs up against ambitious Homeland Security agents, Marin County pornographers, corrupt cops, and a plot to launch a tong war in San Francisco’s Chinatown. At the heart of his search is the mysterious Triad operative known only as the Grass Sandal.
Setting: San Francisco (Chinatown)