The Stymied Star

A Nick Williams Mystery #23

Wednesday, November 30, 1960

It's three in the morning when the newly-installed Princess phone (with illuminated dial) next to Carter's side of the bed starts to insistently ring.

Raymond Burr from TV's Perry Mason is calling and he's in a bit of a pickle.

Someone stashed a corpse in his on-studio cottage and he's worried about how this might affect the show.

Nick and Carter fly down where they find a handsome stiff. He was a former personal assistant and wanna-be actor who turned to one of the best-paying gigs in town: male companion.

And he had a little black book chock full of famous names, home phone numbers, and careers that could easily be ruined.

But only one of them is a murderer and it's up to Nick and Carter to find out who it might be...



Previous book in series #22 The Harried Husband
Next book in series #24 The Roving Refugee

About The Series: A Nick Williams Mystery

May 11, 1953

The richest homosexual in San Francisco is a private investigator.

Nick Williams lives in a modest bungalow with his fireman husband, a sweet fellow from Georgia by the name of Carter Jones.

Nick's gem of a secretary, Marnie Wilson, is worried that Nick isn't working enough. She knits a lot.

Jeffrey Klein, Esquire, is Nick's friend and lawyer. He represents the guys and gals who get caught in police raids in the Tenderloin.

Lt. Mike Robertson is Nick's first love and best friend. He's a good guy who's one hell of a cop.

The Unexpected Heiress is where their stories begin. Read along and fall in love with the City where cable cars climb halfway to the stars.

Long before the Summer of Love, pride parades down Market Street, and the fight for marriage equality, San Francisco was all about the Red Scare, F.B.I. investigations, yellow journalism run amok, and the ladies who play mahjong over tea.