Susan Trott. Tainted Million (1996) 204 pp. [tpo]
Jenny Hunt only wants the simple things in life—a house in a small town, one or two close friends, and her painting. But when her former lover Horacio Huntington takes a dive off the Golden Gate Bridge and leaves her an ill-gotten million dollars, offbeat characters start coming out of the woodwork. And when a mysterious stranger appears on the scene, showing an unusual interest in Jenny's art—and the inheritance—events take a madcap and unexpected turn toward a showdown over the tainted million.
Setting: Mill Valley; San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge)