The Cal Corwin P.I. Mystery series from D. D. VanDyke is set against the rich backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cal Corwin novels brim with intrigue and fully fleshed characters from cops and criminals to hit men, oddball family and unexpected allies.
When Cal Corwin is asked to find a missing man, she’s happy to get away from sleazy infidelity cases, boring skip-tracing, and her mother’s irritations. But as the disappearance invites murder, she uncovers layer upon layer of deadly secrets—secrets some will kill to protect.
Thirtysomething ex-cop-turned-P.I. Cal Corwin faces her most puzzling murder case yet. When a friend of a friend dies in suspicious circumstances, the police believe it's open-and-shut. As Cal digs deeper to get to the bottom of the mystery, she finds herself a target for those who want the truth dead and buried.
After a woman is found dead in Cal Corwin's car and police detectives come knocking at her door, the case turns far more personal than first it seemed. As the ghosts of past cases rear their ugly heads, not only must she find out who murdered the victim, but why. Teasing the answers out soon reveals the disturbing question: Who is the hunter, and who hunted?
When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged San Francisco ex-cop California "Cal" Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.
When a blackmailed drag queen walks into Cal Corwin's P. I. agency, she quickly throws herself into the investigation, but with each new clue she finds the case gets murkier, its web of lies more tangled. When murder rears its ugly head, it becomes clear more is at stake than money, and Cal must watch her own back even as she tries to find the culprit.