Lia Matera. A Radical Departure (1988) 181 pp. [pbo]
Working for a San Francisco law firm, Willa Jansson thought she’d seen everything. Then her boss dies from hemlock poisoning. Things go from awful to outrageous when Willa’s mother, a former client of the deceased, is suspiciously named in his will to inherit his fantastic home in the hills. Poking into the recent past and the apolitical present, Willa fishes out an old boyfriend she’d rather forget, a cop she hates on principle, and a famous law firm that can barely make ends meet. It’s a pretty good catch for a first-year associate ... considering someone is trying to kill her.
Setting: San Francisco