Ross Macdonald. The Wycherly Woman (1961) 278 p.
Phoebe Wycherly—twenty-one, rich, and beautiful—has been missing for
two months when her father, Homer, hires private investigator Lew Archer
to locate her. The girl was last seen leaving the San Francisco docks after
seeing her father off on a cruise. When she disappeared, she left college
and a lovesick boyfriend behind her. Archer’s investigation leads him to
Phoebe’s mother, Catherine, who is divorced from Homer and acting very
strangely. Then the bodies start piling up: a real estate agent in Catherine’s
Atherton home, a sound expert in San Mateo, and a naked woman in a Volkswagen
at the bottom of San Francisco Bay. Archer eventually solves this case
of missing persons, family secrets, blackmail, and murder.
Baird & Greenwood 1740; Bruccoli A16.1.a