Jean Leslie. Shoes For My Love (1948) 189 pp.
Barry Barlow, a San Francisco shoe manufacturer, owns a house at Washington
and Leavenworth that has been converted into four apartments. After hearing
a gunshot one evening, he discovers a beautiful woman in the apartment
of one of his tenants, a psychiatrist named Ozzie Fenwick. She has red
hair, appears to be drunk, and is standing over the fallen Fenwick with
a gun in her hand. Barlow impulsively leads her into his apartment, puts
her in his bed, and decides to cover for her when the other tenants come
downstairs to investigate. The next morning the woman—who he calls Rusty—says
she does not want to go home so he takes her to Fleishhacker Zoo to hide
her while he attends to his business. When she then disappears from the
zoo, Barlow, irrationally convinced of Rusty’s innocence, begins to investigate.
His search takes him all over the city and makes him a prime suspect of
the police. Barlow learns that Rusty is really Laurel Winters, a wealthy
socialite with a strange family background. After two more murders, Barlow
uncovers a sinister conspiracy between Ozzie Fenwick, Rusty’s brother,
and a killer.