Robert Upton. Who’d Want to Kill
Old George? (1977) 219 pp.
San Francisco private investigator Amos McGuffin is hired by eccentric,
wealthy, New Age convert George Curtis to prove that his estranged wife
Lydia is having an affair. Although McGuffin doesn’t usually do divorce
work, this case seems like easy money—and lots of it. When he goes to deliver
his information to Curtis at his Sausalito home, he finds that his client
has been murdered. The police think that Curtis surprised a burglar; McGuffin
doesn’t buy that story and sets out to find the killer. Soon McGuffin is
having an affair of his own with Lydia and is chasing leads from Big Sur
to Mendocino trying to find out why anyone would want to kill old George.