Victor Wuamett. Teardown (1990) 214 pp.
In San Jose, California, Chase Randel, a real estate broker and recovering alcoholic, plans to turn the Pioneer Building, a deserted downtown “teardown,” into a chic nightspot that will earn him a quick half-million dollar proft and instant respectability. When Ed Bailey, his longtime friend and former owner of the old building, is found murdered at the bottom of an elevator shaft, Randel, along with spunky reporter Molly Gish, who becomes his lover, assumes the dual role of broker and sleuth in an attempt to solve his friend’s murder.
Setting: San Jose