Evan S. Connell. The Diary of a Rapist (1966) 252 pp.
Publishers description: Earl Summerfield is an obscure petty civil servant whose work for the State Employment Bureau in San Francisco is a dreary mixture of maddening bureaucracy and water-cooler politics. His marriage has drifted into indifference and hatred. His diary starkly records the fluctuating contempt for others and apologetic self-hatred of his inward retreat. He becomes obsessed with Mara St. John, a young beauty queen and socialite. Slowly, his dark fantasies take shape in action as he follows women in the street, brushes against them in elevators, prowls backyards, and finally stalks Mara with diabolical concentration.
Setting: San Francisco