Barry Smith. The Do or Die Machine: A San Francisco Murder Mystery (2008) 208 pp.
Publishers description: David Moore hops a plane from San Antonio to San Francisco following an urgent call from his former private-investigator and police-force partner, Sam Roth. Sam has information from David s estranged wife, Jennifer, which David hopes is a plea to save their marriage. When he hooks up with Sam, David finds something more disturbing. Sams troubles go deeper than Jennifers disappearance and are too much for him to handle alone. Hes over his head investigating the San Francisco mob. When they find Sam s car abandoned with Jennifers purse and keys inside, David awakens his long-dormant instincts for exposing corruption and violence. Waiting for David is a bloodthirsty army waging a drug-supply war; an imaginative, yet amoral scientist who gives people joy as long as they become willing slaves; and an ex-cop on whom David blew the whistle for planting evidence. Davids feel for the streets sustains him as he crisscrosses San Franciscos landscape to uncover greed and violence. Worst of all, David rattles the cages of power. But fighting the machinery of falsehood means discovering a secret his wife had kept from him. Will David s enemies force him to live a life he has forsworn?
Setting: San Francisco