A Chauncey Means Novel
By Any Means
When fifteen-year-old Marisol Hernandez is gunned down on the Track, Oakland’s infamous prostitution corridor, it isn’t exactly front page news. Her death is chalked up as just another teenaged hooker consumed by the streets.
But to the grieving grandmother who raised her, Marisol’s homicide isn’t merely a statistic. To make matters worse, at the same time she’s burying one granddaughter, she’s desperately trying to keep another, Marisol’s fourteen-year-old sister Belicia, from rushing headlong down an identically self-destructive path.
Former-soldier, former-cop, and full-time private detective, Chauncey ‘Chance’ Means agrees to look into the killing; a murder the local police admit they have little likelihood of solving. Complicating things is the fact that Chance left law enforcement with more than a few enemies, and a well-earned reputation as a man who doesn’t quit, or let the rules get in the way of results.
Following a trail of apathetic cops, prostitutes, pimps, gangsters, and gunfighters, Chance scours the San Francisco Bay for a merciless child-killer. Soon he discovers there are people who don’t want him looking into Marisol’s murder; men willing to do whatever it takes to stop him.
"With his unflinching determination to achieve justice whatever the cost, Sean Lynch’s ex-military, ex-cop, turned San Francisco private eye, Chauncey ‘Chance’ Means, is a worthy successor to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade - an old-fashioned, wise-cracking, tough guy who isn’t afraid to clean up those mean and dirty streets by shooting first and kicking the crap out of the bad guys later."
Zoë Sharp, bestselling author of the Charlie Fox series