Between fending off a lecherous parole officer and trying to get by in 1978, San Francisco private investigator Colleen Hayes struggles to put her life back together so she can reconnect with her runaway teenage daughter. Then her life changes dramatically. She accepts a case from wealthy, retired industrialist Edward Copeland. The old man is desperate to solve the brutal murder of his daughter, a murder that took place in Golden Gate Park eleven years earlier—during the Summer of Love. The case has since gone cold, her murderer never found. Now, in his final days, Copeland hires Colleen to find his daughter’s killer in hopes he might die in peace.
Colleen understands what it means to take a life—she spent a decade in prison for killing her ex. Battling her own demons, she immerses herself in San Francisco’s underbelly, where police corruption is rampant. Her investigation turns deadly as she pries for information, yet there is little to go on. However, a song on the radio makes her wonder—did the murdered girl leave any clues that others may have missed?
Perfect for fans of Elmore Leonard and Gillian Flynn
"Atmospheric and tense, this one sizzles with twists that entertain and magnetize, whetting the appetite for more. Can’t wait for Book 2." —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
"Vanishing in the Haight makes for a classic detective tale: a postmodern noir featuring period perfect San Francisco settings that wondrously carve a slice out of time. ... As beautifully written as it is expertly crafted, Vanishing in the Haight features characters drawn with the touch of a master artist and a story that sizzles even as it scintillates." —Jon Land, USA Today best-selling author
"Max Tomlinson delivers a gritty, gripping story set in a fascinating time. Colleen Hayes is a deeply sympathetic sleuth, all too human. I can’t wait for her next adventure." —Evan Marshall, author of City in Shadow
"I’ve just three words to say about Vanishing in the Haight by Max Tomlinson—Wow. Just. Wow. Tomlinson’s taut, spare, evocative writing style is an absolute beauty. You couldn’t ask for a better guide through the dark, shadowy flashback haze of ‘70s San Francisco. ... You’ll bite your nails, but keep reading; they’ll grow back." —Tracy Clark, author of Broken Places
"With a strong, intelligent female sleuth, a colorful location, a tantalizing puzzle, and an abundance of San Francisco lore, this will please a wide variety of mystery readers." —Booklist (*starred review)
* "[In Vanishing in the Haight,] Tomlinson’s confidence in his characters will have readers ready for his follow-up." —Kirkus Reviews
"This is a new series that already will leave you stunned. And it is a breath of fresh air that the lead is a strong, intelligent woman who’s just the right guide through the tough climate of San Fran in the 70’s. I can’t wait to see where Colleen goes next." —Suspense Magazine
"This enjoyable series launch from Tomlinson introduces Colleen Hayes, whose resourcefulness and strength have been forged by her turbulent past. Detective fiction fans will willingly follow her into her next adventure." —Publishers Weekly