Returning to Los Angeles after a long absence, Chas Pharlain, aging tough talking detective, takes a slam dunk case to find what he believes to be a wealthy sex symbol's lap dog, and finds himself chin deep in mortgage murder. Poochy is missing. His son is toddling on the brink of destruction. His ex-Marine pal and best buddy is double dealing doggies everywhere. His blonde bombshell client is seducing men faster than mommies can make them. Mortgage manipulations and banker shenanigans are popping up like weeds. Bodies are dropping in all the unusual places. LAPD detectives, hard-nosed Rapp and jokester Dugan, are chasing him to ground. Close to clamping onto the murderer, blazing bullets come closer and closer. Being in the wrong places at the right times, Pharlain wants to flee La-la land before he ends up in the slammer or worse yet on a gurney in the morgue. Unable to turn tail and slink back home Pharlain's grit comes into play. Peggy Priceless, a thrill seeking ageless babe shoulders the action with Pharlain. The story twists and turns.
The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes of Twain’s training as a steamboat pilot, as the ‘cub’ (apprentice) of an experienced pilot, Horace E. Bixby. He describes, with great affection, the science of…
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