Bill Pronzini. Step to the Graveyard
Easy (2002) 165 pp.
All his life Matthew Cape has been considered a good person, a kind
and honest man who works hard and is faithful to his wife. In the middle
of a day, his world is turned upside down when Anna walks into her bedroom
and sees Matt with another woman. After Anna confronts him and leaves,
Matt packs up and leaves home for parts unknown. He travels all over the
country seeing new places and enjoying the wild side of life. In San Francisco,
con artists Tanya and Boone Judson take him in but Matt manages to turn
the tables on them and regains his money. Through something Judson let
slip and through photographs, Matt travels to Lake Tahoe where he comes
in contact with true evil and takes a stand that will either mean his salvation
or his damnation.