The Halyard Hitch

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In San Francisco’s summer of 1947, Grace “Ace” Springfield is sick of boring cases. Her boss, private detective Mel Gance, is depressed. Following the events of a clear case, his insides are in a knot. And Ace feels like her hands are tied. Something’s gotta give. In a last-ditch attempt to free Gance, Ace takes the case of a missing man with a grandmother and a past. Facing the ultimate ultimatum, Gance must follow clues to union interests, confidence games, patriotism, self-deception, and Wendy the Welder. If Gance can’t untie his hitch, he may have to cut it off. For failing to solve this case could very well mean losing his pocket Ace.


The Halyard Hitch is the second book in The Gance and Grace Mysteries. This series evokes the imagery, language, and aesthetics of film noir while exploring the historical world of post-war San Francisco. You may imagine the city at this time in black, white, and shades of gray. Gance and Grace analyze tone and value just as they do clues and testimony. Their mysteries mix and challenge the hardboiled detective and film noir genres, revealing more of the annals of history and how we choose to read them.

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