Thirty-five years ago, Harmon Crane, famous writer of detective pulps, took his own life. Now his son, who never met him, wants to know why. It's just the kind of job Nameless knows he should turn down...but doesn't.
As he traces the dead man through his last days around the Bay area, a complicated puzzle emerges and Nameless learns things about his idol he doesn't want to know. When an earthquake opens an old grave, Nameless finds himself involved in a world of deceit, intrigue, and murder remininiscent of old Crane's most sinister and puzzling stories!
"Vintage Pronzini, with a reliable plot and a wide assortment of well-drawn eccentric characters."--Publishers Weekly (back cover)