Eberhardt, Michael C.

Witness for the Defense. Onyx, 1998.


Eberhart, Mignon G.

Casa Madrone. Random House, 1980.

| setting: San Francisco (1906) | Hubin | find it |

Summary: In April 1906, the Bookever family of New York has fallen on hard times. After the death of her uncle, Mallory Bookever and her Aunt Flo Bel have had to sell off the jewelry, art collections, and even the silverware. But things have started to turn around. Mallory is engaged to Richard Welbeck, young, handsome, and heir to the San Francisco Welbeck fortune. Then news arrives that Richard has broken his leg and is too ill to return to New York for the wedding. He asks that Mallory travel to San Francisco for the wedding in the company of his best friend, Scott Suydam. On the journey, strange things happen: someone attempts to pull Mallory off the train; a bottle of Flo Bel’s prescription chloral hydrate goes missing … and Mallory begins to have strong feelings for Scott. When they arrive in San Francisco, they find Richard to be an invalid in his Nob Hill mansion, and believe that his cousin Dolores is purposely keeping him that way. Then the earthquake strikes. In the aftermath, Richard is shot and killed. At first they believe him to have been struck by a stray bullet fired by a patrolling soldier. However, Mallory and Scott soon suspect that Richard has been murdered in order to prevent his marriage; when another attempt is made on Mallory’s life, they are convinced. As the fire approaches, everyone relocates to Scott’s home, Casa Madrone, where they struggle to put their lives back together and unmask a killer before he—or she—strikes again. Mignon Good Eberhart (1899-1996) wrote over 60 novels in her long career (which culminated in a Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1971); this is the only one with a San Francisco setting.


Edwards, Alexander.

The Black Bird. Warner Books, 1975.


Eglin, Anthony.

The Alcatraz Rose. Larkspur Press, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco (Alcatraz Island) | series character: Lawrence Kingston | find it |

Summary: No sooner than a thirteen-year-old child begs Lawrence Kingston to reinvestigate her mother's disappearance--a case still unsolved for eight years--the redoubtable botanist, professor, and sleuth receives news that an English rose, extinct for half a century, has been discovered growing on Alcatraz Island, 5,000 miles from its former home. As Kingston searches for clues to both mysteries he uncovers the murder of an elderly reclusive gentleman whom he suspects of having firsthand knowledge of the rose. Hampered by a fog of duplicity and lies, his investigation nevertheless leads him to a shocking discovery, the last thing he would ever suspect: a link to one of Britain's most notorious crimes from the distant past. The Alcatraz Rose is a multi-layered adventure that starts with an innocent cry for help, but turns into a treacherous roller coaster ride that ends with lives hanging in the balance--including Lawrence Kingston's.


Ehrlich, J. W. [see Williams, Brad]


Eichstaedt, Peter.

Napa Noir. Wildblue Press, 2018.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Dante Rath (Wine Country Mysteries 1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: When northern California's idyllic Napa Valley is shattered by the vineyard shooting deaths of two men, investigative-reporter-turned-wine-editor Dante Rath seizes the chance to salvage his sagging career. One of the dead is the winery's top investor, a high-tech genius, who was shot and killed by the winery's owner, who in turn was gunned down by Napa County sheriff deputies. At the murder scene, Dante encounters Carmen Carelli, the lawyer for the deceased investor and whose case files he rifles after sharing wine and other pleasures. But when Carelli is shot and wounded jogging near her house in Sonoma, Dante knows something deeply sinister is fermenting in wine country. Doggedly pursuing the story, Dante uncovers fraud, deceit, and a toxic scandal certain to shake the wine world and topple an international wine producer. But he must stay alive to publish the story.


Eiland, Emmett.

When a Dragon Winks. Emmett Eiland, Inc., 2009.

| setting: Berkeley | tpo | find it |

Summary: A con man blows into Berkeley and changes the lives of all on whom he set his sights. But when the dust settles, his victims wonder whether they might have gained far more than they lost. When a Dragon Winks is a celebration of Oriental rugs and a good laugh at the many who fatten themselves off them. It is a cat-and-mouse game of "Find the Fake Rug," and it is a question of aesthetics: Can a forgery be a work of art?


Eisler, Barry.

Fault Line. Ballantine Books, 2009.


Elias, Robert.

The Deadly Tools of Ignorance: A Debs Kafka Mystery. Rounder Books, 2005.


Eliot, Jet.

Golden Gate Graveyard. Self-published, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Anne Lamington (1) | tbo | find it |

Summary: Anne Lamington has a happy life in San Francisco: her two grown children are on career tracks and independent, and she and her husband have both found satisfying semi-retirement careers of their own. But then one night her next door neighbor is trapped in a house fire and perishes. And living only inches away, the Lamington property is threatened. The threat grows as Anne looks for answers and is confronted with a puzzling series of events, unlikely coincidences, and more death. With a tragic family past and a penchant for justice, Anne teams up with her edgy young friend Shannon, determined to discover the truth about the fire next door. Always a few steps ahead of the police, the more facts the two women turn up, the less sense it all makes. Amid iconic San Francisco places, Anne and Shannon traverse the Fog City hills uncovering dark secrets that lead down a perilous path. Join Anne and Shannon, their friends and neighbors, in this gripping mystery laced with San Francisco traditions and history.


Elkjer, Thom.

Hook, Line & Murder. Write Way Publishing, 1997.

| setting: San Francisco, Northern California | series character: Rigel Lynx | find it |


Elliot, Greg.

Demon Doppelgangers. Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Halliwell sisters (Charmed 34; based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge) | juvenile; fantasy | pbo | find it |


Ellroy, James.

Silent Terror. Avon, 1986.

| setting: San Francisco | pbo | Re-issued as Killer on the Road | find it |

Summary: Martin Michael Plunkett is a product of his times -- the possessor of a genius intellect, a pitiless soul of brushed steel, and a heart of blackest evil. With criminal tendencies forged in the fires of L.A.’s Charles Manson hysteria, he comes to the bay city of San Francisco -- and submits to savage and terrible impulses that reveal to him his true vocation as a pure and perfect murderer. And so begins his decade of discovery and terror, as he cuts a bloody swath across the full length of a land, ingeniously exploiting and feeding upon a society’s obsessions. As he maneuvers deftly through a seamy world of drugs, flesh, and perversions, the media will call him many things -- but Martin Plunkett’s real name is Death. His brilliant, twisted mind is a horrifying place to explore. His madness reflects a nation’s own. The killer is on the road. And there’s nowhere in America to hide. Also published in a limited hardcover edition (Blood and Guts Press, 1987; 350 copies) and re-issued as Killer on the Road.


Ellsberg, Edward.

Mid Watch. Dodd, Mead, 1954.


Ellison, Jan.

A Small Indiscretion. Random House, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

Summary: At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in a washed-out California town for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Twenty years later, she is a San Francisco lighting designer and happily married mother of three who has put her reckless youth behind her. Then a photo from that distant winter in Europe arrives inexplicably in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. Past and present collide, Annie's marriage falters, and her son takes a car ride that ends with his life hanging in the balance. Now Annie must confront her own transgressions and fight for her family by untangling the mysteries of the turbulent winter that drew an invisible map of her future.


Elmore, Patricia.

Susannah and the Blue House Mystery. E.P. Dutton, 1980.

| setting: East Bay | series character: Susannah Higgins | juvenile | find it |

Susannah and the Poison Green Halloween. E.P. Dutton, 1982.

| setting: East Bay | series character: Susannah Higgins | juvenile | find it |

Susannah and the Purple Mongoose Mystery. Dutton Children’s Books, 1992.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Susannah Higgins | juvenile | find it |


Emerson, Scott.

The Case of the Cat With the Missing Ear: From the Notebooks of Edward R. Smithfield, D.V.M. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.

| setting: San Francisco (1887) | series characters: Dr. Edward R. Smithfield; Samuel Blackthorne (The adventures of Samuel Blackthorne 1) | juvenile | find it |

The Brotherhood of the Moon: From the Notebooks of Edward R. Smithfield, D.V.M. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.

| setting: San Francisco (1880s) | series characters: Dr. Edward R. Smithfield; Samuel Blackthorne (The adventures of Samuel Blackthorne 2) | juvenile | find it |


Emery, R. G.

Front for Murder. Macrae-Smith-Company, 1947.


Enefer, Douglas.

The Last Leap. Hale, 1983.


Erdman, Paul E.

Zero Coupon. Forge, 1993.


Erickson, Jack.

Perfect Crime. [self-published], 2009.

| setting: San Francisco | e-book | find it |


Erickson, Lynn.

A Woman of San Francisco. Banbury Books, 1982.


Ericson, Carol.

The Bridge. Harlequin, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Brody Law 1 | romantic suspense | pbo | find it |

The District. Harlequin, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Brody Law 2 | romantic suspense | pbo | find it |

The Wharf. Harlequin, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Brody Law 3 | romantic suspense | pbo | find it |

The Hill. Harlequin, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Brody Law 4 | romantic suspense | pbo | find it |


Eshleman, John M.

The Long Window. Ives Washburn, 1953.

The Long Chase. Ives Washburn, 1954.


Estes, Jeri.

Stilettos and Steel. WordSmith Productions, Inc., 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Tenderloin; 1969) | tpo | find it |


Estleman, Loren D.

Ragtime Cowboys. Forge, 2014.

| setting: Los Angeles (1921); San Francisco; Sonoma County | western | find it |

Summary: Los Angeles, 1921: Ex-Pinkerton Charlie Siringo is living in quiet retirement when Wyatt Earp knocks on his door and asks him to track down his missing horse. What begins as horse thievery turns into a deeper mystery as Siringo and another ex-Pinkerton, the young Dashiell Hammett, follow clues that take them from the streets of Los Angeles to Jack London's farm, until they discover a conspiracy masterminded by the notorious and powerful Joseph P. Kennedy. Their travels take them through San Francisco and Sonoma County.


Eszterhas, Joe. [see Osborne, Richard]


Evans, Scott.

First Folio: A Literary Mystery. AuthorHouse, 2010.

| setting: Berkeley, Baton Rouge, Washington, D.C. | series character: Jack Claire | bibliomystery | tpo | find it |


Ewing, Hugh.

The Black List: A Tale of Early California. Peter Fenelon Collier, Publisher, 1893. (Once a Week Semi-Monthly Library ; vol. X, no. 18)

| setting: San Francisco; Monterey; gold country of California, etc. | Baird & Greenwood 769 | find it |

Summary: This novel documents the sprawling—and episodic—adventures of Peter Hayward, a young man from Florida who is determined to make his fortune in gold rush era California. Forced to delay his arrival in California for several months in Durango, Mexico, while his companion recovers from illness, Hayward falls in love with, and marries, a beautiful young Mexican woman named Catalina. Eventually, leaving his new bride behind, Hayward makes his way to Monterey where he soon gets involved in the case of a man named Wayne, who is on trial for killing a gambler, whom he stopped from attacking a young woman. Hayward is a member of the jury at Wayne’s trial and he refuses to return a verdict of guilty, eventually leading to Wayne’s acquittal. But, the dead gambler was a Mormon, and in order to avenge his death, a secret council of San Francisco-based Mormons place both Wayne’s and Hayward’s names on “the black list” and plot to kill them. As Hayward, who has further adventures in the gold country, establishes himself as a wealthy merchant and banker in San Francisco, the Mormon assassins, led by a man named Corby, make several attempts on his life. Hayward finally succeeds when a fire in San Francisco consumes the headquarters—and lives—of the Mormon leaders. This novel, issued in paper wrappers as part of the publisher’s “Once a week semi-monthly library,” presents a vivid picture of wide-open early San Francisco, where “law enforcement” was chiefly provided by the Committee of Vigilance, a group that the author obviously feels kept order by hanging first and asking questions last. It also presents an interesting—and less-than-flattering, to say the least—portrait of Mormons, who are compared to bloodthirsty “Apaches” in their disregard for human life.


Eyre, Katherine Wigmore.

The Chinese Box. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1959.

The Sandalwood Fan. Meredith Press, 1968.


Eyster, William R.

The King-Pin Tramp, or, Hustling Frisco Hoodlums. Beadle and Adams, October 25, 1893.