Joseph D. McNamara. The First Directive
(1984) 308 pp.
Publisher’s description: “Out in Silicon Valley the microchips grow
as quietly as the piles of money being made by the high-tech new rich.
And Adolph Stone is as rich as any of them. He’s also a slumlord and a
friend of the lieutenant governor. So when his beautiful 16-year-old daughter
is missing, Sergeant Fraleigh of the homicide squad and his team (the Block,
the human equivalent of a tank, and Detective English, who looks like Robert
Redford and suffers from bad dreams about Vietnam) are called into action
… Fraleigh finds himself ensnarled in a network of relationships built
on dirty money and dirty secrets, a network that reaches to the top at
the state capitol and deep inside Fraleigh’s own police department …”