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Hale, Rebecca M.

How To Wash a Cat. Green Vase Publishing, 2008.

| setting: San Francisco (Jackson Square) | find it | Republished: New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 2010 (Cats and Curios Mystery 1) find it |

Nine Lives Last Forever. Berkley Prime Crime, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Cats and Curios Mystery 2 | pbo | find it |

How To Moon a Cat. Berkley Prime Crime, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco, Nevada City | series: Cats and Curios Mystery 3 | pbo | find it |

How To Tail a Cat. Berkley Prime Crime, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Steinhart Aquarium) | series: Cats and Curios Mystery 4 | pbo | find it |

How To Paint a Cat. Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Cats and Curios Mystery 5 | pbo | find it |

How To Catch a Cat. Berkley Prime Crime, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Cats and Curios Mystery 6 | pbo | find it |

 

Hall, Malinda M.

Social Graces. Creative Arts Book Company, 2001.  

 

Hall, Mary Bowen.

Emma Chizzit and the Queen Anne Killer. Walker, 1989.

| setting: Solano County (“Fairville” [composite of Fairfield and Vacaville]) | series character: Emma Chizzit | find it |

Emma Chizzit and the Napa Nemesis. Walker, 1992.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Emma Chizzit | find it |

 

Hall, O. M. [Oakley Hall]

Murder City. Farrar, Straus and Company, 1949.

 

Hall, Oakley. [see also Hall, O. M.; Manor, Jason]

Ambrose Bierce and the Queen of Spades. University of California Press, 1998.

Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings. Viking, 2001.

Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks. Viking, 2003.

Ambrose Bierce and the Trey of Pearls. Viking, 2004.

Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots. Viking, 2005.  

 

Halliday, Gemma.

Play Nice. Minotaur Books, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Anna Smith (Anya Danielovich) | find it |

Summary: Anya Danielovich was an assassin in her former life. But that was a long time ago. Today she's just Anna Smith -- a single, thirtysomething woman living in San Francisco with a simple desire to lead a better life. But she's still haunted by her past -- the people she killed, the mentor she betrayed, the woman she was. She's taken care to cover her tracks, but she's beginning to feel like she's being watched. Nick Dade is a hired gunman -- the best of the best. He's read Anya's file and, after weeks of surveillance, he's ready to pull the trigger, until someone else beats him to the punch. With his agenda shattered, Nick suddenly finds himself thrown together with the woman he's been sent to eliminate.

 

Halliday, Gemma, and Kelly Rey.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde. Gemma Halliday Publishing, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Marty Hudson (1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Martha "Marty" Hudson has it all...almost. While her best friend, Irene Adler, is a dot-com millionaire many times over, Marty's days are filled with working as a barista at a Stanford University coffee bar, crashing various courses and lectures, and dodging the rent collector at her crummy apartment. But when Marty suddenly finds out that a long-lost aunt has left her a Victorian home at 221 Baker Street in the heart of San Francisco, she's hopeful her luck is about to turn around! Okay, so the Victorian is run down and probably in need of more repairs than Marty could ever afford, but at least it's a link to family. However when Marty starts sifting through the contents of the dilapidated home, she realizes her aunt's death may not have been natural...and might have been a case of murder! Taking her suspicions to the grumpy Detective Lastrade and the uber-hot medical examiner, Dr. John Watson, only gets her a pair of doors slammed in her face. But Marty and Irene don't give up that easily. Instead, they invent fictitious private investigator, Sherlock Holmes, to open those doors for them! Between Marty's eclectic class-crashing knowledge and Irene's tech know-how, "Sherlock Holmes" investigates an over-the-hill yoga teacher, mob shops in Chinatown, pot dispensaries in the East Bay, and a slew of suspicious characters. But when the killer returns -- this time with Marty in sight! -- even the great Holmes may not be able to save her...at least not without a little help from the girls.

 

Hamilton, Clare.

Twilight Forest. Pyramid Books, 1973.

Seadrift House. Tower Books, 1981.  

 

Hamilton, M. L.

Murder on Potrero Hill. Self-published, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Potrero Hill) | series character: Peyton Brooks (1) | tpo |

Summary: Peyton knows the first suspect is always the husband, but Jake Ryder isn't acting like a typical suspect. Jake truly loved his wife. So what went wrong? Stepping into the circle of the social elite, Peyton finds that things work differently when you're at the top. And Jake Ryder seems to be caught in the epicenter. Ultimately, Peyton finds that you never know what darkness lurks in the human mind and that some will murder to keep that darkness hidden.

Murder in the Tenderloin. Self-published, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Tenderloin) | series character: Peyton Brooks (2) | tpo |

Summary: For years Peyton has struggled to put her father's murder behind her, but her latest case brings it all back. When two hookers are found with the mutilated body of a notorious gang-banger, Peyton and her partner, Marco, are pulled into a world of violence, sex, and drugs that might engulf all of San Francisco in a turf war. And as Peyton comes to realize, sometimes the monsters we most fear are real.

Murder on Russian Hill. Self-published, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco (Russian Hill) | series character: Peyton Brooks (3) | tpo |

Summary: When rock star Joshua Ravensong is accused of murder, Peyton must pit her professional reputation against a growing attraction for the legend. Although the evidence is solid against him, Peyton can't deny this is one bad boy she wants to save.

Murder on Alcatraz. Self-published, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Alcatraz Island) | series character: Peyton Brooks (4) | tpo |

Summary: When a serial killer strikes in the City, Peyton confronts an adversary who is always one step ahead of her. And as the body count rises, Peyton faces a future where her one constant, her partner, may be taken away from her. For eight years, Peyton and Marco have been an unstoppable team; however, one ill-fated trip to Alcatraz may change that relationship forever.

Murder in Chinatown. Self-published, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Peyton Brooks (5) | tpo |

Summary: When Peyton and Marco are pulled off the most significant case of their careers, they struggle to find their equilibrium. Marco's growing distance brings out Peyton's worst insecurities, and while everyone around her seems to be moving forward in their lives, she feels stuck. Assigned to investigate the murder of a reality star's boyfriend, Peyton questions whether her absolute dedication to her job is worth it. Then again, when she looks into the future, she doesn't see much more -- except long nights filled with loneliness.

Murder in the Presidio. Self-published, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Presidio) | series character: Peyton Brooks (6) | tpo |

Summary: Life has become increasingly complicated for San Francisco Inspector Peyton Brooks. With a past murder suspect living in the spare bedroom, an abusive receptionist bunking on the couch, an ex-boyfriend about to marry another woman, and her own mother in a relationship with a bigot, Peyton doesn't think her life can get much more difficult. Until her partner of eight years is suspected of murder. With a serial killer still on the loose in the City, Peyton must find a way to keep Marco from winding up in prison himself.

Murder on Treasure Island. Self-published, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco (Treasure Island) | series character: Peyton Brooks (7) | tpo |

Summary: For months, Peyton and her partner, Marco, have been searching for the serial killer known only as the Janitor, but every investigation ends in defeat. He moves like the wind, striking and disappearing without a trace, leaving no evidence behind. Peyton, herself, fell victim to his attack. Now she struggles to focus on her job when her every moment is filled with nightmares of him. Forced to deny her trauma in order to stop him, Peyton fears this case is destined to end a hail of bullets and blood. She's just not sure whose.

 

Hamilton, William J.

The Red Brotherhood, or, The Twelve Avengers. Beadle and Adams, July 28, 1874.  

 

Hammett, Dashiell.

The Dain Curse. Alfred A. Knopf, 1929.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op | find it |

The Maltese Falcon. Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Sam Spade | find it |

$106,000 Blood Money. L.E. Spivak, 1943.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (Bestseller Mystery no. B40) | novellas | find it |

The Adventures of Sam Spade and Other Stories. L.E. Spivak, 1944.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Sam Spade (Bestseller Mystery no. B50) | short stories | find it |

The Continental Op. L.E. Spivak, 1945. (Bestseller Mystery no. B62)

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (Bestseller Mystery no. B62) | short stories | find it |

The Return of the Continental Op. L.E. Spivak, 1945.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (A Jonathan Press Mystery no. J17) | short stories | find it |

Hammett Homicides. L.E. Spivak, 1946.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (Bestseller Mystery no. B81) | short stories | find it |

Dead Yellow Women. L.E. Spivak, 1947.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (A Jonathan Press Mystery no. J29) | short stories | find it |

Nightmare Town. L.E. Spivak, 1948.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (A Mercury Book no. 120) | short stories | find it |

The Creeping Siamese. L.E. Spivak, 1950.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (A Jonathan Press Mystery no. J48) | short stories | find it |

Woman in the Dark. L.E. Spivak, 1951.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op (A Jonathan Press Mystery no. 59) | short stories | find it |

A Man Named Thin and Other Stories. Joseph W. Ferman, Publisher, 1962.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Robin Thin, Sr., Robin Thin, Jr. (Mercury Mystery no. 233) | short stories | find it |

The Big Knockover: selected stories and short novels. Random House, 1966.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op | short stories | find it |

The Continental Op. Random House, 1974.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Continental Op | short stories | find it |

Nightmare Town. Random House, 1999.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Continental Op; Sam Spade; John Guild | short stories | find it |

Lost Stories. Vince Emery Productions, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco | short stories | find it |

Return of the Thin Man. Mysterious Press, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Nick and Nora Charles | novellas (screen treatments) | find it |

The Hunter and Other Stories. Mysterious Press, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco | short stories | find it |

 

Hammond, Mary Ann.

Land of Gold. Pocket Books, 1984.  

 

Handler, Daniel.

The Basic Eight. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

We Are Pirates. Bloomsbury, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco Bay | find it |

 

Hankins, Arthur P.

Judy the Torch: A Detective Story. Chelsea House, 1928.  

 

Hansen, Jim Michael.

Blond Run. Golden, Colo.: Thriller Publishing Group, Inc., 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

 

Hansen, Pearce.

Street Raised. Holicong, Pa.: Point Blank Press, 2006.  

 

Hara, Susie.

Finder of Lost Objects. Ithuriel's Spear, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco (Mission District) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Sadie Garcia Miller, a bisexual Jewish Latina, turns the old gumshoe trope on its head. She is a struggling entrepreneur who helps clients recover what's been lost. This story takes Sadie from San Francisco's Mission District, to the farm worker fields of the Central Valley, and south to the streets of Los Angeles.

 

Hardin, Robert.

Amateur Hour: A Novel of Suspense. Bobbs-Merrill, 1977.  

 

Haring, Don.

San Francisco Shakedown. Cleveland, [1960’s?]  

 

Harper, Olive. [Helen Burrell Gibson D’Apery]

The Opium Smugglers of ‘Frisco, or, The Crimes of a Beautiful Opium Fiend. J.S. Ogilvie Pub. Co., 1908.

 

Harper, Paul. [David Lindsey]

Pacific Heights. Henry Holt and Company, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco (Pacific Heights) | series character: Marten Fane | find it |

 

Harrington, Kent A.

Dark Ride. St. Martin's Press, 1996.

| setting: "Clarksville" (Sonoma County) | find it |

Summary: Jimmy Rogers, 30, a bored insurance salesman in California receives a suggestion for some excitement from his girlfriend, Eve: how about if they murder Eve's rich husband? Jimmy agrees and all goes well until the victim's brother is released from jail. Unlike the police, he has figured out the crime and blackmails the couple.

The Tattooed Muse. Dennis McMillan Publications, 2001.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

Summary: A writer's group goes haywire when one of its members, a struggling, skateboarding novelist, attempts murder and then commits suicide. His master-of-the-universe best friend Michael, who drives a Porsche and owns a country house, has been lending members of the group money, and they begin to wonder if he's drawing their attention away from some behind-the-scenes activities.

Last Ferry Home. Polis Books, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

Summary: Since his wife's death at sea, San Francisco Police Detective Michael O'Higgins has been paralyzed by grief and shame--unable to care for their teenaged daughter, who saw her mother swept away, and unable to deal with the daily requirements of his job. Almost a year after his wife's death, O'Higgins takes a ferry ride as part of his therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder. On the boat, he meets a charming Indian family: successful young husband, two lovely daughters, and a kind, beautiful wife and mother. O'Higgins has no idea that he will meet this woman again on his first day back after bereavement leave, when he and his partner are called to a Nob Hill mansion to investigate a homicide. The victim is the handsome man O'Higgins met on the ferry, and his wife, Asha Chaundhry, is the obvious suspect.

 

Harrison, Emma.

A Tale of Two Pipers. Simon Spotlight, 2004. [based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge]

The Queen’s Curse. Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2005. [based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge]

Phoebe who? Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2006. [based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge]  

 

Harrison, Stuart.

Better Than This. HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.  

 

Harriss, Will.

Noble Rot. St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

| setting: Napa Valley | find it |

 

Hart, Carolyn G.

Skulduggery. Hale, 1984; Five Star, 2000.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Ellen Christie | find it |

 

Hartford, Bruce.

The Gandhi Ring. Westwind Writers, Inc., 2006.  

 

Hartman, Claire.

Shirlee Holmes, 221 Baker Street, San Francisco. Self-published, 2001.  

 

Hartman, Dane. [Richard Meyers and Leslie Alan Horvitz]

Duel For Cannons. Warner Books, 1981.

| setting: San Francisco; San Antonio (Tex.) | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 1) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

Death on the Docks. Warner Books, 1981.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 2) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

The Long Death. Warner Books, 1981.

| setting: San Francisco; Berkeley (UC Berkeley) | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 3) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

The Mexico Kill. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco; Mexico (Baja California) | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 4) | pbo | find it |

Family Skeletons. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: Boston (Mass.) | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 5) | pbo | find it |

City of Blood. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 6) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

Massacre at Russian River. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: Russian River | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 7) | pbo | find it |

Hatchet Men. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown); Chicago | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 8) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

The Killing Connection. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 9) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

The Blood of Strangers. Warner Books, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco; Middle East | series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 10) | Hubin | pbo | find it |

Death in the Air. Warner Books, 1983.

| series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 11) | pbo | find it |

Dealer of Death. Warner Books, 1983.

| series character: Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry 12) | pbo | find it |

 

Harwood, Seth.

Jack Wakes Up. Breakneck Books, 2008.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack Palms | tpo | find it |

Triad Death Match. CrimeWAV Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack Palms | e-book, novella |

This is Life. CrimeWAV Books, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack Palms | summary/podcast |

Czechmate. CrimeWAV Books, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack Palms | summary/podcast |

In Broad Daylight. Thomas & Mercer, 2013.

| setting: Anchorage, Alaska; San Francisco | series character: Jess Harding | tpo | find it |

Everyone Pays. Thomas & Mercer, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Clara Donner | tpo |

Summary: Before becoming a homicide investigator, Clara Donner spent years on vice alongside the runaways and vulnerable women who walk San Francisco's streets. She thinks she's seen the worst things people can do -- until she's assigned to investigate a particularly ruthless serial killer. As the body count rises and a pattern emerges -- each victim is known for his brutal abuse of women -- Donner follows the killer's trail across the city. In spite of a nagging sense that the world may be better off without these men, she pursues every lead. When Donner finds a damaged girl with links to both the killer and his prey, she wonders if this new witness is the key to unraveling these murders or another victim left in the killer's wake.

The Maltese Jordans. CrimeWAV Books, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack Palms | tpo |

Summary: What if Michael Jordan played one secret pickup game in summer 1996 to pay off a debt so big it would get him banned from the NBA for life? What if that game was on a private court in Malta, and Jordan's parting gift was a jewel-encrusted pair of Jordan 11s for the king, a pair of shoes so special and rare that they could be worth millions -- if they exist? Follow Jack Palms as he tracks the man who knows the truth about these sneakers, a felon who just skipped bond in San Francisco to chase his dream -- and the mythical pair of kicks that can only go by one name.

 

Haslett, Court.

Tenderloin. 280 Steps, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco (1978) | series character: Sleeper Hayes | tpo | previously issued in 2013 as an e-book by The Rogue Reader | find it |

Summary: It's 1978 and the Reverend Jim Jones has moved his Peoples Temple from San Francisco to Guyana. Rumors immediately shoot through the city that Jones is taking revenge on all of his critics. When a former Temple member and friend of Tenderloin vagabond Sleeper Hayes is murdered, and another friend is accused of the crime, Sleeper sets out to uncover the truth. But the truth and justice are hard to find as Sleeper becomes the Temple's next target while investigating a murderous plot that stretches from skid row all the way to City Hall.

Trouble No More. 280 Steps, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco (1977) | series character: Sleeper Hayes | tpo |

Summary: Sleeper Hayes returns in this prequel to Tenderloin set in 1977, which brings back not only the details, but the atmosphere of a chaotic, violent time in San Francisco's history. When a friend's brother goes missing, Sleeper Hayes reluctantly agrees to try and find him. He quickly finds himself the target of a corrupt police captain, a local smut peddler, a Chinese gang, and a political power broker, endangering not only his life, but those close to him. 

 

Havassy, A. C.

80mb San Francisco. Self-published, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

Summary: A beautiful city. A female presidential candidate. A brutal act of terrorism. Set in an election year this techno thriller will compel the reader to question the public's vulnerably to a terrorist threat and the intentions of the government, which often drives the headlines and TV news. A mélange of colorful characters interact as a terrorist plot develops to usurp a president's power as his administration finishes its term. The book addresses modern issues in a romp through San Francisco with its unique and off-center characters.

 

Haven, Heather.

Murder is a Family Business. MuseItUp Publishing, 2011.

| setting: Palo Alto, Silicon Valley | series characters: Lee Alvarez (Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series 1) | tpo |

A Wedding To Die For. MuseItUp Publishing, 2011.

| setting: Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Mexico | series characters: Lee Alvarez (Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series 2) | tpo |

Death Runs in the Family. The Wives of Bath Press, 2013.

| setting: Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Las Vegas | series characters: Lee Alvarez (Alvarez Family Murder Mystery Series 3) | tpo | Originally published as an e-book, MuseItUp Publishing, 2012 |

The CEO Came DOA. The Wives of Bath Press, 2016.

| setting: Silicon Valley | series character: Lee Alvarez (Alvarez Family Murder Mystery 5) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Someone is trying to sabotage the Initial Public Offering of 'Read-Out', a small Silicon Valley start-up, and Lee Alvarez has been hired to find the culprit. Meanwhile, the first Alvarez grandchild is about to be born while Lee is planning her very own Christmas wedding; or rather letting her mother plan it. When Lee finds the CEO hanging by the neck in his boardroom wearing nothing but baby blue boxer shorts, she has to ask herself, was it suicide? Or was it murder? If so, was the saboteur responsible, one of his business partners, or even his famous rock star ex-wife? There are too many suspects and the bodies start piling up just in time for Christmas. Ho, ho, ho.

 

Hawley, Noah.

A Conspiracy of Tall Men. Harmony Books, 1998.

| setting: San Francisco, San Rafael, etc. | find it |

 

Hazzard, Wil.

Open Loop, Triple Loop. PublishAmerica, 2002.

| setting: San Francisco | 

Summary: Mark Hendel and Adrienne Henderson are inexplicably inducted into a tangle of mystery and turmoil, battling for their very lives and sanity. After much travail, they discover their plight resulted when the scheme of a band of perpetrators faltered, leaving a data loop open at a critical point of transfer of pirated defense system data. To close the loop, the All-USA credit cards belonging to Mark and Adrienne must be recovered. A mysterious platinum blonde emerges to foil several attempts at recovery and launches a veritable war against the gang members. Her private vendetta is an enigma to all, villains and heroes alike. Nobody knows who she is. Action cascades across the country from San Francisco, to Baltimore, to Rhode Island as the reader becomes entwined in what the characters will hazard to discover the reasons for their involvement in the travesties of Open Loop, Triple Loop.

 

Head, Matthew.

The Smell of Money. Simon & Schuster, 1943.  

 

Hecht, Daniel.

Bones of the Barbary Coast. Bloomsbury, 2006.  

 

Held, Peter. [Jack Vance]

Take My Face. Mystery House, 1957.

| setting: Sonoma County (“San Giorgio”), San Francisco | Hubin; Currey p. 500 | find it |

 

Hellerstein, Harry.

Wired. St. Martin’s, 1982.  

 

Helmore, Thomas.

Affair at Quala. Simon & Schuster, 1964.  

 

Helms, Richard.

Grass Sandal. Back Alley Books, 2004.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Eamon Gold | find it |

Cordite Wine. Back Alley Books, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco; Napa Valley | series character: Eamon Gold | find it |

 

Henn, Henry.

China Alley. Manor Books, Inc., 1978.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Larry Lorraine | pbo | find it |

 

Henning, D.L.

The Dead Clue. Northwest Publishing, Inc., 1994.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

 

Herlihy, Jim.

Deceipt and Dirty Money. Xlibris Corporation, 2000.  

 

Herriman, Nancy.

No Comfort for the Lost. Obsidian, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco (1860s) | series character: Celia Davies | tpo | find it |

Summary: After serving as a nurse in the Crimea, British-born Celia Davies left her privileged family for an impulsive marriage to a handsome Irishman. Patrick brought her to San Francisco's bustling shores but then disappeared and is now presumed dead. Determined to carry on, Celia partnered with her half-Chinese cousin Barbara and her opinionated housekeeper Addie to open a free medical clinic for women who have nowhere else to turn. But Celia's carefully constructed peace crumbles when one of her Chinese patients is found brutally murdered ... and Celia's hotheaded brother-in-law stands accused of the crime.

No Pity for the Dead. Obsidian, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco (1867) | series character: Celia Davies | tpo | find it |

Summary: British-born nurse Celia Davies runs a free medical clinic to assist the poor women of San Francisco. Aided in her endeavors by her half-Chinese cousin, Barbara, and her feisty housekeeper, Addie, Celia has earned the trust and friendship of many of the city's downtrodden, including a young orphan named Owen--who has just confided to her that he's stumbled upon a corpse. Owen recently started working for the ruthless real estate and development group Martin and Company and discovered a dead body in the office's basement. Celia turns to Detective Nicholas Greaves for help, only to learn that one of the main suspects -- the husband of Celia's dearest friend -- is an old enemy of Nick's. Now Celia and Nick must put aside their personal feelings about the case -- and each other -- if they're going to bring a killer to justice.

 

Hewson, David.

Dante's Numbers. Macmillan, 2008; Delacorte Press, 2009.

| setting: Rome (Italy); San Francisco | series character: Nic Costa (7) | find it |

Summary: The death mask of the poet Dante is to be exhibited at the premiere of a controversial film, Inferno, based on his epic work. But at the grand unveiling this priceless artifact is replaced by a macabre death mask of the film's star, Allen Prime. And minutes later, the leading actress, Maggie Flavier, is threatened before her attacker is shot. After footage of Prime's murder is shown on the internet, the Carabinieri are determined that a crazed Dante fan is behind the killing. Nic Costa and his team follow the movie to its next showing in San Francisco, to safeguard the remaining items and hoping to recover the stolen death mask. Can he protect Maggie, find the truth and stop the killer -- all before life imitates art?

 

Hickey, James L. [see Bianchi, Eugene C.]

 

Higgins, Charlotte.

Blue Monday. Sky Ladder Press, 1996.

| setting: San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge) | tpo | find it |

 

Hilborne, Jenny.

Madness and Murder. Echelon Press, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Mac Jackson | tpo |

No Alibi. Echelon Press, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: John Doucette | tpo |

Hide and Seek. Severn Press, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Mac Jackson | tpo |

 

Hill, Bonnie Hearn.

Cutline. MIRA, 2006.  

 

Hill, Owen.

The Chandler Apartments. Creative Arts Book Company, 2002.

| setting: Berkeley | series character: Clay Blackburn | tpo | find it |

The Incredible Double. PM Press, 2009.

| setting: Berkeley | series character: Clay Blackburn | tpo | find it |

 

Hill, Larry.

Philanthropist. Self-published, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo |

Summary: Fred Klein, rich 75-year-old San Franciscan, accidentally kills a woman the day he learns his cholesterol is high. He flees, is arrested and incarcerated two days later, bailed out, and shortly after suffers his own medical disaster.

 

Hill, Russell.

Deadly Negatives. Pleasure Boat Studio, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

Summary: A photographer discovers some black-and-white negatives hidden in a old camera. Wanting to find out about the photos leads him to people and places he didn't expect, not all of them friendly, and to long-unsolved crimes by prominent and powerful people. Suddenly those negatives become extremely dangerous to possess.

The Egret. Pleasure Boat Studio, 2018.

| setting: Marin County | tpo | find it |

Summary: A hit and run driver pinwheeled his daughter's car into the waters of Tomales Bay and his life is turned upside down. Then the sheriff's detective tells him he may have found the driver, a rich man who lives nearby. Fueled by his anger and an overwhelming desire for revenge, he plots ways to make his daughter's killer suffer and die. Like the predatory egret, he stalks his victim, waiting for the right moment to strike. Drowning in the sea, rattlesnakes and crude bombs are parts of his obsessive pursuit, leading to the inevitable violence of what he imagines to be the final strike of the egret's sharp beak.

 

Hillsbery, Kief.

War Boy. William Morrow and Company, 2000.  

 

Hinden, Michael. [see Draine, Betsy]

 

Hirsch, Reece.

The Insider. Berkely Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Will Connelly | legal | pbo | find it |

Surveillance. Thomas & Mercer, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco; Ecuador; Mexico | series character: Chris Bruen (3) | find it |

Summary: When former computer-crimes prosecutor Chris Bruen and retired hacktivist Zoey Doucet open their San Francisco law firm, it's the best day of their professional lives. That is, until their first client walks through the door. Ian Ayres is an "ethical hacker" who was hired by a company to test the security of its online systems. On the job, he uncovered some highly classified information: the existence of a top-secret government surveillance agency and its Skeleton Key, a program that can break any form of encryption.

Black Nowhere. Thomas & Mercer, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco; Silicon Valley | series character: Lisa Tanchik (1) | find it |

Summary: Chasing a cybercriminal into the pitch-black heart of the Dark Web. Special Agent Lisa Tanchik is the best at taking down cybercriminals. So when the FBI discovers a multibillion-dollar black market online, she's tasked with finding the creator and bringing him to justice. Donning one of her many digital disguises, Tanchik goes undercover into the network. Brilliant college student Nate Fallon started his site as an idealistic experiment. But his platform has made illegal trade not only more efficient--but also more dangerous. Now the FBI aren't the only ones out to get him. As profits soar, a criminal organization casts its monstrous gaze on Fallon, and danger leaps from cyberspace into reality. Feeling pressure from both sides of the law, Fallon is forced to make a decision with shattering consequences. Can Agent Tanchik find Fallon before his dangerous infrastructure falls into the wrong hands?

 

Hitz, Henry.

White Knight. Wordrunner Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco (1978) | tpo |

Summary: In 1977, a fireman named Dan White saved a woman and her babies from a fire in the Geneva Towers apartments in San Francisco. It is this scene which opens White Knight, the story of one witness to that fire, Barney Blatz, and his entanglement with the political and personal catastrophe which followed. With the November, 1978 Jonestown Massacre of 912 people and, three days later, White’s murder of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the city and Barney unraveled.

 

Hoblitt, Louise.

Two Dead, One To Die. Writer’s Showcase, 2003.  

 

Hockensmith, Steve.

The Black Dove: A Holmes on the Range Mystery. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008.  

 

Hoffman, Blair.

Murder for the Prosecution. Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1993.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

 

Hoffman, Patrick.

The White Van. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

Every Man a Menace. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

Summary: San Francisco is about to receive the biggest delivery of MDMA to hit the West Coast in years. Raymond Gaspar, just out of prison, is sent to the city to check in on the increasingly erratic dealer expected to take care of distribution. In Miami, the man responsible for getting the drugs across the Pacific has just met the girl of his dreams—a woman who can't seem to keep her story straight. And thousands of miles away in Bangkok, someone farther up the supply chain is about to make a phone call that will put all their lives at risk.

 

Holing, Dwight.

A Boatload. Jackdaw Press, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack McCoul (A Jack McCoul Caper 1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: When San Francisco con artist Jack McCoul marries a smart, sexy, and sustainability-minded yoga instructor, he vows to give up his life of crime for good. But then her punk brother pulls a heist and Jack gets caught in the middle of a lethal fight over hot computer chips. On one side is a greedy high-tech billionaire with a larceny streak. On the other is a Chinese triad bent on revenge. When a corpse turns up and Jack's fingered as the prime suspect, honesty is no longer the best policy. He needs all the wit and street wisdom he can muster to pull off the con of a lifetime if he's to set things right and avoid a one-way ticket to death row.

Bad Karma. Jackdaw Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco; Silicon Valley | series character: Jack McCoul (A Jack McCoul Caper 2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco's favorite con artist turned private investigator Jack McCoul is trying to go legit by launching a high tech startup business. But then his past comes roaring back. A former partner-in-crime's scheme to snatch a priceless statue from a Silicon Valley mogul drags Jack into a murder mystery and a sexy suspect's life hangs in the balance. When hired killers come gunning for him, Jack must resort to his old skills to turn the tables. He rounds up a gang as quirky as the City by the Bay itself and it's game on.

Baby Blue. Jackdaw Press, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack McCoul (A Jack McCoul Caper 3) | tpo | find it |

Summary: El Niño brings more than long-awaited rain to San Francisco. An old flame shows up on con artist turned private investigator Jack McCoul's doorstep and trouble is not far behind. Sparks fly and a storm of murder and double cross forces Jack back into the game to protect the ones he loves from a dangerous swindler while cracking the secret of a missing child. This time Jack is playing for keeps.

Shake City. Jackdaw Press, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jack McCoul (A Jack McCoul Caper 4) | tpo | find it |

Summary: As earthquakes threaten San Francisco, former con artist Jack McCoul must dodge killers and turn the tables on greedy developers and crooked politicians who will stop at nothing to sell the City's heart and soul to the highest bidder.

 

Holland, Cecilia.

Lily Nevada. Forge, 1999.

 

Holm, Chris.

Red Right Hand. Mulholland Books, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge) | series character: Michael Hendricks (2) | find it |

Summary: When viral video of an explosive terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge reveals that a Federal witness long thought dead is still alive, the organization he'd agreed to testify against will stop at nothing to put him in the ground. FBI Special Agent Charlie Thompson is determined to protect him, but her hands are tied; the FBI's sole priority is catching the terrorists before they strike again. So Charlie calls the only person on the planet who can keep her witness safe: Michael Hendricks. Once a covert operative for the US military, Hendricks makes his living hitting hitmen... or he did, until the very organization hunting Charlie's witness -- the Council -- caught wind and targeted the people he loves. Teaming up with a young but determined tech whiz, Cameron, on the condition she leave him alone after the case, Hendricks reluctantly takes the job. Of course, finding a man desperate to stay hidden is challenging enough without deadly competition, let alone when the competition's shadowy corporate backer is tangled in the terrorist conspiracy playing out around them. And now Hendricks is determined to take the Council down, even if that means wading into the center of a terror plot whose perpetrators are not what they seem.

 

Holmes, Howard.

Cool Conrad, the Dakota Detective, or, From Lair to Lair: A Tale of Frisco and the Gold Camps. Beadle and Adams, April 28, 1885.

Sunshine Sam, Chip Off the Old Block, or, The Silent Trail of No-Gold Land. Beadle and Adams, February 22, 1888.  

 

Holmes, Rupert.

Swing. Random House, 2005.  

 

Holtzer, Susan.

Better Than Sex. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur Press, 2001.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Anneke Haagen, Karl Genesko | find it |

 

Holzer, Hans.

The Red Chindvit Conspiracy. Award Books ; Tandem Books, 1970.  

 

Homan, Rick.

Dark Portrait. Self-published, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Nicole Tang Noonan (4) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Who is burning Rococo portraits? Nicole Tang Noonan spends her research leave at home in San Francisco writing an article on the subject of her dissertation. Her scholarly pursuits are interrupted when she discovers a body while walking in the Presidio, San Francisco's national park. When a police detective finds a photocopy of a Rococo portrait in the dead man's backpack, Nicole's expertise in art history makes her a suspect. At the same time, Nicole investigates a series of online videos showing Rococo portraits being burned to ashes. Is there a connection to the murder? Can she prove it and exonerate herself?

 

Homes, Geoffrey.

Then There Were Three. William Morrow and Company, 1938.  

 

Hooper, Kay.

Once a Thief. Bantam Books, 2002.

Always a Thief. Bantam Books, 2003.  

 

Horne, Vivian.

When the Snowman Melts. Xlibris Corporation, 1999.  

 

Hornsby, Wendy.

A Hard Light. Dutton, 1997.  

The Color of Light. Perseverance Press/John Daniel & Company, 2014.

| setting: Berkeley | series character: Maggie MacGowen | tpo | find it |

Summary: Filmmaker Maggie MacGowen learns the hard way that going home again can be deadly. While clearing out her deceased father's desk in Berkeley, Maggie discovers that he had locked away potential evidence (an old home movie) in a brutal unsolved murder thirty years earlier that rocked the close-knit community where she grew up. When she begins to ask questions of family and old friends, it quickly becomes clear that there are people in that seemingly peaceful university town who will go to lethal lengths to prevent the truth from coming out.

 

Horton, Phyllis H.

Golden Door. Rutledge Books, 1998.  

 

House, Brant.

Curse of the Mandarin’s Fan. San Diego, Calif.: Corinth, 1966.  

 

Houser, Lionel.

Lake of Fire. Claude Kendall, Publisher, 1933.  

 

Howell, Daedalus.

Quantum Deadline. FMRL, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco Bay Area | tpo | 

Summary: When his newsroom intern jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge, 40-something reporter Daedalus Howell's reputation also takes a dive. Five years later, he's still trying to clear his conscience and his byline when Jude, a lost 11-year-old would-be thief, seeks his help to get home. Ever on the prowl for a career-redeeming story, Howell is game but there's a catch -- the kid claims to be from a parallel universe. The reporter soon learns that anything is possible on the strange streets of Lumaville, a sleepy Northern California college town in the grips of a startup boom. As hard-drinking Howell grumbles about the waning relevance of his profession and generation, he uncovers a maze of dark truths that connect the boy, his brilliant ex-flame and a ruthless tech mogul. When Jude disappears, Howell's assignment is clear -- save the boy, write the story of a lifetime, and make his deadline without getting killed. 

 

Hrbek, Greg.

Not on Fire, But Burning. Melville House, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco (future) | find it |

Summary: Twenty-year-old Skyler saw the incident out her window: Some sort of metallic object hovering over the Golden Gate Bridge just before it collapsed and a mushroom cloud lifted above the city. Like everyone, she ran, but she couldn't outrun the radiation, with her last thoughts being of her beloved baby brother, Dorian, safe in her distant family home. Flash forward to a post-incident America, where the country has been broken up into territories and Muslims have been herded onto the old Indian reservations in the west, even though no one has determined who set off the explosion that destroyed San Francisco. Twelve-year old Dorian dreams about killing Muslims and about his sister -- even though Dorian's parents insist Skyler never existed. Are they still shell-shocked, trying to put the past behind them. or is something more sinister going on? Meanwhile, across the street, Dorian's neighbor adopts a Muslim orphan from the territories. It will set off a series of increasingly terrifying incidents that will lead to either tragedy or redemption for Dorian, as he struggles to prove that his sister existed -- and was killed by a terrorist attack.

 

Hudson, Lillian.

Governor Thurmond’s Bird-House. John J. Newbegin, 1915.  

 

Huffman, Laurie.

The House Behind the Mint. Doubleday, 1969.  

 

Hughes, Michael.

Pumpkin Farmer. Black Rose Writing, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco Peninsula (1979) | tpo | find it |

Summary: The year is 1979. Malaise, stagflation, turmoil in the Middle East, and a gas crunch; these things are but background noise for what unfolds when a lovesick businessman and a sociopathic drifter cross paths. John Nix, business manager of a Silicon Valley semiconductor startup, picks up Horace Fullworth, a ne'er-do -well heir of a wealthy California family, who has returned to San Francisco after surviving the Jonestown Massacre. After John discovers his girlfriend cheating, he drives to a bar in the small rustic town of La Honda. He meets Ellie O'Neil, a pretty young woman he offers to drive home. Feeling misled by her, he leaves her on the side of the road, where Horace finds her. John hears that Ellie has gone missing and is overcome with guilt. His struggle with his conscience leads him back to those rugged coastal foothills of the San Francisco Peninsula.

 

Hughston, Dana. [(Mabel) Dana Lyon and Josephine Hughston]

You Stand Accused. Hillman-Curl, Inc., 1937.

| setting: “Oakdale, San Lucas County” (fictional town and county in the Santa Clara Valley) | find it |

 

Hughston, Josephine. [see Lyon, Mabel Dana]

 

Hunt, David. [William Bayer]

The Magician’s Tale. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1997.

Trick of Light. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1998.  

 

Hurd, Florence.

The House on Russian Hill. New American Library, 1977.  

 

Hurlbut, Edward H.

Lanagan, Amateur Detective. Sturgis & Walton Company, 1913.  

 

Hurst, Jim.

Fatal Image. Creative Arts Book Company, 1998.  

 

Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew.

The Tower. Simon & Schuster, 1999.

| setting: San Francisco, San Francisco Peninsula, San Jose | find it |

Tell No Lies. St. Martin’s Press, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |

 

Hutchinson, Ty.

Chop Suey. Self-published, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series character: Darby Stansfield (1) | tpo |

Summary: When disgraced sales associate Darby Stansfield discovers he has six months to save his job, he does what any normal person would do. He freaks. Desperate to resurrect his career at Teleco Wireless, Darby conjures up an international scheme filled with the promise of endless, high-spending clients. It's brilliant, it's international, it would have his boss snooping and his best friend sweating, but it has Darby on a plane to Hong Kong where he signs his latest client, a Chinese gang. Meanwhile, bodies are piling up in San Francisco and Darby has no idea that his brilliant plan has just put him on a collision course with the killer. To make matters worse, his best friend and his girlfriend find themselves caught up in his dangerous plan. Darby must now make a tough decision -- give up on the one good idea he ever had or risk it all.

Tenderloin. Self-published, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Tenderloin); Colombia | series character: Abby Kane (FBI Thriller 2) | tpo |

Summary: She's short. She's feisty. She's sexy. She's Mom. FBI Agent Abby Kane is back. Life in San Francisco could not be better for FBI Agent Abby Kane and family. With white-collar crimes dominating her work schedule, chasing deranged killers is a thing of the past, until the body of a dead DEA agent pops up in Bogota. Ordered to Colombia for answers, Abby's investigation takes her deep into the Amazon jungle where she discovers evidence of strange experiments at a rundown lab. When she later crosses paths with one of the scientists involved, she learns that a new drug has been invented, and its danger isn't the addictive high but the terrifying side effects. Abby believes the cartels are behind the drug, but the locals think it's one man. They call him the Monster.

Russian Hill. Self-published, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (Russian Hill) | series character: Abby Kane (FBI Thriller 3; Chasing Chinatown Trilogy 1) | tpo |

Summary: SFPD has no witnesses and no suspects, but FBI Agent Abby Kane believes a dead hiker found ten miles north of the city is the key to solving those crimes. The detective involved with the case thinks Abby might be chasing a ghost down a rabbit hole, but the more Abby digs, the more she begins to think the killer is playing an elaborate game and there’s an audience cheering him on. In order to catch him, she must do the unthinkable: join the game.

Lumpini Park. Self-published, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco; Thailand | series character: Abby Kane (FBI Thriller 4; Chasing Chinatown Trilogy 2) | tpo |

Summary: Winning means killing. Sickos around the world are playing a deadly game, and the body count is climbing. FBI agent Abby Kane hunts the man behind the sadistic challenges the only way she knows how: by playing the game and moving up the bloody leader board herself. Abby arrives in Bangkok, Thailand, where she discovers a killer is already roaming the Big Mango looking for his next grand kill to win the game. As Abby is pulled further into the world of deadly play, the dynamics of the game suddenly change. Out of her jurisdiction and unsure of who she can trust, Abby is faced with two choices: walk away or die.

Coit Tower. Self-published, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Abby Kane (FBI Thriller 4; Chasing Chinatown Trilogy 3) | tpo |

Summary: It's payday in San Francisco, and death is the contract. The hunt continues in the third installment of the Chasing Chinatown Trilogy. FBI Agent Abby Kane is the sole Attraction in a bloody game designed for one reason: to take lives. Deliver her head and collect the $10 million bounty. Abby doesn’t know who her attackers are. She doesn't know when they will strike. But she does know they will come. In this deadly game of murder, nothing is off-limits -- not even her family. There are no rules, no restrictions, and only one ending: Winner takes... a life.

 

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