Lia Matera. The Smart Money (1988) 185 pp.
San Francisco attorney Laura Di Palma made a name for herself by successfully
defending Wallace Bean, a man who had gunned down two conservative senators.
He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and served a minimal sentence
in a state mental facility. Now she has taken a leave of absence from her
career at one of the city’s most prestigious law firms to return to her
northern California hometown. She is still bitter over her failed marriage
and, with the help of her cousin Hal and San Francisco PI Sander (Sandy)
Arkelett, is determined to exact revenge on her ex-husband by ruining his
career. Before she can set her plan in motion, Bean shows up at Laura’s
door. When he turns up dead later that night—shot in the back of the head
execution-style—Laura is forced to shift her energy toward catching a killer
before he catches her.