Ross Macdonald. The Underground Man (1971) 272 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Sparks and embers were blowing down the canyon. Who started the fire and where it would end was something Lew Archer could not know. He had already found a dead man in a hastily dug grave and a dark secret that bound a group of very different people together for life. Fifteen years before an adulterous couple had run away from Santa Teresa. Now the world they had left behind—of old money and new, of broken marriages and broken homes—was burning. A seven-year-old boy and a distraught young blonde were missing. From L.A. to Sausalito and San Francisco, tracking down the runaways led Archer through another murder and into a deception as hot as human hate …”
Bruccoli A23.1.a; Herron