Michael Castleman. A Killing in Real Estate (2010) 287 pp.
Publishers description: San Franciscos Mission District is on fire and the arsonist is at large. The morning after the latest blaze, newspaper columnist Ed Rosenberg discovers the lifeless body of his good friend and colleague naked, bound, and gagged for S&M. As the search for the killer runs dry and the fires continue to rage, Ed launches his own investigation, plunging him into the unseemly realms of city politics, kinky sex, and family secrets. With the looming fires striking closer and closer to home, Ed quickly realizes that uncovering the sinister truth behind the Mission fires and solving his friends murder could put his own life in jeopardy.
Setting: San Francisco (Mission District)