The Useful Uncle

A Nick Williams Mystery #37

Friday, January 15, 1971

Nick has just met his mother's side of the family, including a distant cousin who's a sophomore at Cal over in Berkeley.

And he's done so in time to realize the girl is trouble in more ways than one.

Meanwhile, having discovered that a form of heroin is being passed around San Francisco's social set, Nick and Carter are now attempting to track down whoever is behind the distribution of the drug.

Their pursuit leads them to Lake Tahoe for a curious run around the Nevada side of the lake, going from casino to casino.

Later, they make it to the literal top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel where they find a grisly scene of murder and mayhem.

Once all the clues are sorted out, they're sure they know who is behind everything and why. Or mostly why.

But will Nick and Carter be too late to stop the killing before another dead body is added to the pile?

Read The Useful Uncle and find out!

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This is the second book in a trilogy beginning with The Sordid Socialite and ending with The Seductive Sellout.

It's 1971, the world is changing fast, and the upper crust of San Francisco (not to mention New York and elsewhere) still isn't quite sure what to make of things. So, they're pushing their way into the world of the radicals and, as a result, are inventing the radical chic. This three-book story is about what that might have looked like in the Nick & Carter Universe. Our two heroes, after all, were radical long before it was chic!

On Kindle Unlimited:No
Ebook Publication Date:July 4, 2022
Word Count:76K

Previous book in series: #36 The Sordid Socialite
Next book in series: #38 The Seductive Sellout

About The Series: A Nick Williams Mystery

In 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.