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Saban, Cheryl.

Sins of the Mother. Dove Books, 1997.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Alison Young | find it |


Sacher, Jerry.

The Saint of San Francisco. Dreamspinner Press, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco (Castro) | tpo | find it |


Sachs, Marilyn.

At the Sound of the Beep. Dutton Children’s Books, 1990.


Safónov, Madeleine. [see Dodge, Alice M.]


Salter, Ken.

Dancing With the Ice Lady. Regent Press, 2017.

| setting: Berkeley; Oakland; Las Vegas | series character: R.C. Bean (1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Skip trace investigator R.C. Bean works for a bumbling, alcoholic divorce attorney. He's asked to trace hidden assets to help their client, Gloria Simmons, defeat a prenuptial agreement. Gloria is the the sexy, scheming wife of a local black, playboy mortician who's hooked on gambling, drugs and a pretty Asian bookkeeper who's been installed in his funeral business by Asian drug dealers to monitor a joint venture. Things get nasty fast as a drive-by shooting in the mortuary's parking lot gets covered up and the client's mortician husband is plugged full of holes at the entrance to the funeral home while R.C. Bean is doing a a bag job inside on the home's financial records. R.C. Bean soon realizes that whoever eliminated his client's husband is on his trail and the killers seek to rub him out, too. Now begins a roller coaster-like series of events as R. C. tries to stay a step ahead of his pursuers while trying to unmask the murderers. Has his client, who uses her dark beauty and racy ways to seduce his boss, ordered the hit on her husband? Are she and her attorney lover involved? Are the husband's Asian drug partners calling the shots? The chase for answers leads to the seamy sides of the Las Vegas Strip as R.C. Bean uses his street contacts and enlists a beautiful, cinnamon-skinned barmaid to help his solve the murders. Or so he thinks!

Murder in the Campanile. Regent Press, 2018.

| setting: Berkeley (University of California) | series character: R.C. Bean (2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: R.C. Bean now works as a private eye for various attorneys and their clients. Melanie Richards is a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, who is being pressured by her thesis advisor for sex. Before R.C. can help her, she is brutally murdered in the Campanile on campus. Is she the victim of her jealous husband? Was she silenced by the professor who propositioned her to avoid a scandal or the professor who used her to enact his sexual fantasies? Things get nasty fast as R.C. probes the complex, secret world of sexual politics that exists in some university departments, where some students use sex to advance their careers and some professors use their position of power to seduce their students. As R.C. penetrates the murky world of sexual predators with the aid of his sexy, college student girlfriend, he realizes that he is being hunted by the killer just like his client.


Sanra, Nancy.

No Witnesses. Rising Tide Press, 1995.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Tally McGinnis | tpo | find it |

No Escape. Rising Tide Press, 1998.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Tally McGinnis | tpo | Hubin | find it |

No Corpse. Rising Tide Press, 2000.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Tally McGinnis | tpo | Hubin | find it |

No Evidence. Bella, 2005.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Tally McGinnis | tpo | find it |


Santiago, V. J.

Kill Or Be Killed. Pinnacle Books, 1976. (The Vigilante #3)


Santos, Emmanuel Tiongco.

Yamato's Ghosts. Self-published, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

Summary: An elderly Asian-looking man, clad in an elegant kimono is found dead at the Presidio. Two of San Francisco's finest are dispatched to the scene of the crime. They ruled out "hara-kiri" or disembowelment. There are no witnesses. A lengthy investigation ensues, revealing the extensive and complex life of the victim, a Japanese-American, who was incarcerated in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor...


Sapala, Lauren.

West is San Francisco. Self-published, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leah (West Coast Trilogy 2) | tpo |

Summary: When Leah lands in San Francisco, she's hoping she can leave her past -- along with her broken-down life in Seattle -- behind. But what she can't run from is her present reality as an alcoholic on the downward spiral, and the strong future possibility that she might die in the gutter. So, she quits drinking and resolves to live a new life, determined to be a better person and resist the siren song of addiction, staying a few steps ahead of her demons all the while. But then Leah takes a job at a P.I. firm and her resolve is thoroughly tested. Instead of alcohol, she becomes addicted to work and the non-stop demands of the agency. In a desperate attempt to break the cycle, she answers a mysterious online ad calling for writers and ends up working as an assistant to serial entrepreneur Scarlet Monroe, a woman who seems almost too good to be true, and like everything Leah has always wanted to be. But when Leah is hired as Scarlet's personal assistant and gets in deeper with Scarlet and her cult-like company, the demons from her past come alive again, and this time they refuse to go away.


Sapir, Richard, and Warren Murphy.

Holy Terror. Pinnacle Books, 1975. (The Destroyer #19)


Saralegui, Jorge.

Last Rites. Charter Books, 1985.

Shadow Stalker. Charter Books, 1987.


Savage, Michael.

Abuse of Power. St. Martin’s Press, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco and elsewhere | series character: Jack Hatfield | find it |


Sawyer, Eugene T.

The Coleraine Tragedy, or, Caught in the Trap. Street & Smith, 1897.

| setting: San Francisco | series: Magnet Detective Library no. 197 | dime novel | find it |


Sawyer, Meryl.

A Kiss in the Dark. Dell, 1995.

Trust No One. Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2000.

| setting: Napa Valley | romantic suspense | pbo | find it |

Lady Killer. Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2004.


Sawyer, Robert J.

Frameshift. Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., 1997.

| setting: Berkeley (University of California) | science fiction | Hubin | find it |

Summary: A scientist in Berkeley, California discovers that a series of murders is the work of an insurance company. After collecting information on the genes of policy holders, the company analyzed them to see which ones were a bad risk and proceeded to kill them.


Saxby, Charles.

Death Joins the Woman’s Club. E.P. Dutton & Co., 1940.

| setting: San Carlos, San Francisco | find it |


Scalapino, Leslie. [see also Goda, Dee]

Dahlia’s Iris: Secret Autobiography and Fiction. Normal, Ill.: FC2, 2003.


Schaffer, Dylan.

Misdemeanor Man. Bloomsbury, 2004.

I Right the Wrongs: A Misdemeanor Man Mystery. Bloomsbury, 2005.


Scheers, Dom D.

Playing the Odds. The Book Reality Experience, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Ben Wieserkowski | tpo | find it |

Summary: Ben Wieserkowski had planned to start small. Some adultery, maybe a child abduction, perhaps, if he stretched himself, a straightforward murder. Nothing too complex. But he'd been suckered by a smart mouth and a great pair of legs and though he knew he wasn't much of a Private Detective, he reckoned his good luck could go a long way in making up for his lack of skill. The problem was it turned out to be a setup. He'd copped a severe beating, but a couple of Freddy's goons had to be laying in traction -- at least one of them must have been in the burns unit. Somehow he had rescued her kid and saved Marcy's life, and in so doing had taken down his first psychopath. With the check, he'd signed a six-month lease and figured he could concentrate on writing the novel he knew was inside of him. That was before his front door was kicked in and two gun-wielding ass-hats started shooting at him. Now Ben finds himself between the Italian Mob and the Chinese Gangs and even his limited detective skills can figure out he's in a world of hurt. Can he uncover the murky goings-on in Fog City's corrupt underbelly before the criminals and every bent cop on the streets come gunning for him, or will Playing the Odds cost him more than a broken coffee table and a busted shoulder?


Schermerhorn, James.

Night of the Cat. St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

| setting: San Francisco | Hubin | find it |

Summary: Police officer Carrie Lubick, a onetime teacher who left the classroom to take care of San Francisco's seedy Southern district, is on the track of a rapist who preys on the most vulnerable victims of all: three elderly women, and now, a 12-year-old girl. When another policewoman with a memory for license-plate numbers places the same red '69 Ford near the scene of two assaults and a burning city block, Carrie suspects that the rapist and the arsonist may be the same.


Schezade, Harry. [Joseph Wong Cohen]

The Mystery of Eve. Regent Press, 1995.


Schneider, Bart.

Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River. Soft Skull Press, 2012.

| setting: Russian River Valley (Sonoma County) | series character: Augie Boyer | find it |


Scholten, Jenny.

Day Stripper. New Victoria Publishers, 2000.

Slay Me Tender. New Victoria Publishers, 2001.


Schopen, Bernard.

The Iris Deception. University of Nevada Press, 1996.

| setting: San Francisco; Berkeley; Northern California; Nevada | series character: Jack Ross | tpo | find it |

Summary: In this third Jack Ross mystery, the Reno private eye is hired by iris-eyed Patsy McLeod to resume a case abandoned as hopeless eighteen years earlier -- the search for her missing teenage daughter, Heather. This time, Ross's investigation leads him from a failed ranch in the desert north of Reno to Sacramento's porno film industry, from the Lake Tahoe homes of the wealthy and powerful to the cramped offices of Berkeley's activist community. On the way, he uncovers layers of deception, greed, corruption, sorrow -- and murder. Ross also encounters Martha Reedy, a Berkeley-based P.I. who is as dogged about finding Heather as Ross, but for different reasons. Both are used to working solo but find their paths hopelessly intertwined.


Schuepbach, Nancy.

Murder at the Mane Tamers. AuthorHouse, 2005.


Schulz, Monte.

Naughty. Fantagraphic Books, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (1950s) | Based on the true story of Iva Kroeger and her husband Ralph, who were indicted for the murders of Mildred and Jay Arneson in 1962 | find it |


Schwartz, Dale J.

Kill Without Remorse. Writer’s Showcase, 2001.


Schwartz, Stephen Jay.

Beat. Forge, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco, Los Angeles | series character: Hayden Glass | find it |


Scortia, Thomas N., and Frank M. Robinson.

The Nightmare Factor. Doubleday, 1978.


Scott, Kemble. [Scott James]

The Sower. Vox Novus/Numina Press, 2009.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |


Scott, Michele.

Murder Uncorked. Berkley Prime Crime, 2005.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s Mystery 1) | pbo | find it |

Murder by the Glass. Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s Mystery 2) | pbo | find it |

Silenced by Syrah. Berkley Prime Crime, 2007.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s Mystery 3) | pbo | find it |

Corked by Cabernet. Berkley Prime Crime, 2009.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s Mystery 5) | pbo | find it |

A Toast to Murder. Berkley Prime Crime, 2010.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Nikki Sands (Wine Lover’s Mystery 6) | pbo | find it |


Scott, Robbie.

The Mystery of Rascal Pratt. Greenwich Mill Publishing, 2007.

| setting: Point Bonita (San Francisco Bay) (1866) | juvenile | tpo | find it |


Scott, Thurston. [George Thurston Leite and Jody Scott]

Cure It With Honey. Harper, 1951.


Searls, Hank.

The Adventures of Mike Blair: A Dime Detective Book. The Mysterious Press, 1988.


Sears, Ruth McCarthy.

In the Shadow of the Tower. Lenox Hill Press, 1972.


Seligman, Katherine.

At the Edge of the Haight. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2021.

| setting: San Francisco (Haight-Asbury; Golden Gate Park) | find it |

Summary: Maddy Donaldo, homeless at twenty, has made a family of sorts in the dangerous spaces of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. She knows whom to trust, where to eat, when to move locations, and how to take care of her dog. It's the only home she has. When she unwittingly witnesses the murder of a young homeless boy and is seen by the perpetrator, her relatively stable life is upended. Suddenly, everyone from the police to the dead boys' parents want to talk to Maddy about what she saw. As adults pressure her to give up her secrets and reunite with her own family before she meets a similar fate, Maddy must decide whether she wants to stay lost or be found.


Serah, Tonne.

Drop...Dead: The DJ Murders. Harrington Park Press, 2007.


Shankman, Sarah.

Impersonal Attractions. St. Martin’s Press, 1985.


Shannon, Barry.

The Bold Stroke. TripleTree Pub., 1999.


Shannon, Carl.

Murder Me Never. Boardman, 1951.


Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.

Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective. Dell Yearling, 2000.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Nate the Great | juvenile | find it |


Sharpe, Alice.

Annabelle’s Secret. Avalon Books, 1991.


Sharpe, Robert.

Vichy Berkeley. Fog City Press, 1993.

The City of Love and Pain. Fog City Press, 1994.


Shea, Susan C.

Murder in the Abstract. Avalon Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco (“Devor Museum”) | series character: Danielle (“Dani”) O’Rourke | find it |

The King’s Jar. Top Five Books, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco (“Devor Museum”) | series character: Danielle (“Dani”) O’Rourke | tpo | find it |

Mixed Up With Murder. Reputation Books, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco; Massachusetts | series character: Dani O'Rourke (3) | tpo |

Summary: Danielle "Dani" O'Rourke is flying east for what should be an easy and interesting diversion, a short consulting assignment to help a small New England college with a plentiful gift of money and art from an alum. But the donation comes with some strange terms, and she soon learns the donor is a powerful man hiding some alarming secrets. When the college's vice president drowns on a golf course, Dani finds herself in the center of a dangerous plot and, is once again, mixed up with murder.


Shedd, Margaret Cochran.

Run. Doubleday, 1956.


Sheldon, Carol.

A Sleuth in Sausalito. Houghton, 2014.

| setting: Sausalito | series character: Gwen Harris (1) | tpo |

A Sleuth in the Haven. Houghton, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Gwen Harris (2) | tpo |

Summary: Now working as a junior reporter for The Chronicle newspaper, she longs to write about the real news. She gets her chance, as bizarre and fatal events threaten the residents of The Haven, a retirement home where her friend Megan lives. Signing on to help the investigation, she gets caught deeper and deeper in the web of the attacker's agenda. As Gwen tries to balance her work at The Chronicle with a new job at the retirement home, and a boyfriend, the tight-rope she's walking gets higher and higher.


Sheldon, Sidney.

Nothing Lasts Forever. William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1994.

Tell Me Your Dreams. William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1998.


Sherrell, Susan.

Grace. Workwomans Press, 2009.

| setting: Oakland, Berkeley (1972) | tpo | find it |


Sherridane, David.

The Heart of a Gangster. Vantage Press, 1964.


Shiga, Jason.

Bookhunter. Sparkplug Comics, 2007.

| setting: Oakland (1973) | graphic novel | tpo | find it |

Summary: The year is 1973. A priceless book has been stolen from the Oakland Public Library. A crack team of Bookhunters (aka library police) have less than three days to recover the stolen item. It's a race against the clock as our heroes use every tool in their arsenal of library equipment to find the book and the mastermind who stole it.


Shirley, John.

City Come A-Walkin’. Dell Publishing Co., Inc., 1980.

| setting: San Francisco (Future) | science fiction | pbo | revised editions: Asheville, N.C.: Eyeball Books, 1996; Four Walls Eight Windows, 2000 | find it |

Spider Moon. Cemetery Dance Publications, 2002.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |


Siegel, Sheldon.

Special Circumstances. Bantam Books, 2000.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Incriminating eEvidence.  Bantam Books, 2001.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Criminal Intent. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2002.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Final Verdict. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2003.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

The Confession. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Judgment Day. MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2008.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Perfect Alibi. MacAdam/Cage Publishing, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley; Rosie Fernandez | legal | find it |

Felony Murder Rule. Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., 2017.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley, Rosie Fernandez (8) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Mike Daley and ex-wife Rosie Fernandez face new challenges and stare down old demons as they return to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where they had started their careers and their relationship twenty years earlier. Mike and Rosie are now the co-heads of the Felony Division, where they spend more time running the office and supervising younger attorneys than trying cases. That changes quickly when Mike is visited by Melinda Nguyen, whose son, Thomas, a high school senior, is about to go on trial for murder. Thomas has been arrested under California's archaic "felony murder rule," which says you can be can be convicted of first degree murder if you're present when someone is killed during the course of a felony, even if you don't pull the trigger. The charge against Thomas shows the absurd limits of this legal doctrine. He was sitting outside in the car when a friend entered a liquor store in San Francisco's teeming Tenderloin District and allegedly flashed a gun. The shopkeeper pulled out an AR-15 and calmly filled the alleged robber's chest with bullets. Thomas is charged with murder even though he never entered the store. Thomas fires his original lawyer on the eve of trial after she recommends acceptance of a plea bargain. With nowhere else to turn, his mother petitions for help from the Public Defender's Office, and Mike agrees to handle the trial scheduled to start four days later. As the evidence mounts against Thomas, it tests Mike and Rosie's legal skills and relationship. Their stress is compounded by the fact that Thomas and his mother may have a connection to Mike's older brother, Tommy, who died in Vietnam forty years earlier. Aided by Mike's brother, Pete, a private investigator, and Rosie's niece, Rolanda, a top-notch young attorney at the P.D.'s Office, Mike and Rosie face their most compelling challenge yet as they race to represent their client and try to find closure for old wounds.

Serve and Protect. Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., 2018.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley, Rosie Fernandez (9) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez have come a long way from their days as small-time defense attorneys working in a converted martial arts studio on the earthy side of Mission Street. Rosie is now San Francisco's Public Defender, and Mike is the head of the Felony Division. Their daughter is in college. Their son is in middle school. For the first time in years, there is a semblance of order in their lives. It doesn't last long. Johnny Bacigalupi is a rookie police officer and fourth-generation cop whose father is an assistant chief. He's also Mike's godson. On a rainy night, Johnny and his partner pull over a Honda for a routine traffic stop. A moment later, the driver, Juwon Jones, is dead. Johnny insists that he shot Jones in self-defense, but video from his body cam suggests otherwise, and Johnny is charged with murder. The victim's mother and Black Lives Matter insist that Jones was unarmed, and the gun found under his body was planted. Johnny's father and uncle plead with Mike to take a leave of absence from the P.D.'s office to handle Johnny's case. Mike and Rosie face their greatest challenge as violence erupts on the streets of San Francisco.

Hot Shot. Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., 2019.

| setting: San Francisco; Silicon Valley | series characters: Mike Daley, Rosie Fernandez (10) | tpo |

Summary: In San Francisco, one in 11,000 residents is a billionaire. Now, there's one fewer. It starts with a phone call on Christmas Eve. Jeff King, the founder of Silicon Valley's hottest tech startup, was found dead in his mansion above Mission Dolores on San Francisco's "Billionaires Row." Lexy Low, a young woman he had met on a "sugar daddy" site, allegedly injected King with a lethal "hot shot" of heroin. Or did she? Was it an accident? Or murder? It's up to ex-spouses and Public Defenders Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez to find the truth.

The Dreamer. Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., 2020.

| setting: San Francisco (Mission District) | series characters: Mike Daley, Rosie Fernandez (11) | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco's hottest young chef rose from modest beginnings to getting a James Beard Award for his upscale Mission District eatery, El Conquistador. In addition to creating cutting-edge cuisine, the mercurial Cruz has been accused of sexual harassment multiple times. Smart, ambitious, and tenacious, Mercedes "Mercy" Tejada was granted Dreamer status while studying to become a nurse. The waitress job wasn't the ideal, but the tips paid the bills. When she finds Cruz dying in the alley behind his trendy bistro, she knows she's in a lot of trouble. Mercy's fingerprints and blood-splattered sweatshirt make her a prime suspect. It doesn't help that she and Cruz were seen fighting and Mercy threatened him. Ex-spouses and Public Defenders Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez are thrust into the middle of this politically charged case and tasked with finding the truth.

Final Out. Sheldon M. Siegel, Inc., 2021.

| setting: San Francisco | series characters: Mike Daley, Rosie Fernandez (12) | tpo | 

Summary: A ballpark. A bay. A body. Robbie Blum was San Francisco's most prominent sports agent. His clients included players on the Giants, Warriors, and Niners. It all came crashing down when his body was found floating in San Francisco Bay after a Giants game, his skull crushed. A Louisville Slugger floating next to his body. Though Blum was a wildly successful agent, his personal life was a disaster. Two failed marriages. Allegations of spousal abuse. Alcohol. Drugs. Gambling. Even his biggest client, Giants' slugger David Archer, had reservations about Blum's erratic behavior. Jaylen Jenkins is a native of Oakland ("before it was woke," as he likes to say). The graduate of McClymonds High School ekes out a living and pays for his mother's drug rehab by working at fast-food restaurants, driving for Uber, and selling Giants T-shirts outside the ballpark. Jaylen also ran errands for Blum -- and it was more than getting his laundry. Jenkins picked up illegal drugs for Blum from a supplier at a strip club. Blum also provided Jaylen with Giants swag to sell behind the ballpark. On the night that he died, Blum met with Jaylen at his stand and gave money to Jaylen to deliver to Blum's drug supplier. Blum also had an autographed bat that he was going to give to his son. According to the police, Jaylen attacked Blum and killed him. Jaylen appears on a security video with a bat in hand. Ex-spouses and Public Defenders Mike Daley and Rosie Fernandez defend Jaylen in a high-profile case where they race from the glamorous world of professional sports to the low-rent world of strip clubs and homeless encampments in a desperate search for an elusive truth where everybody has something to hide.


Sigler, Scott.

Nocturnal. Crown Publishers, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Bryan Clauser | horror | find it |


Siler, Jack.

Triangles of Fire. Dell Publishing Company, 1984.


Silver, Hy.

Bogus Lover. Newsstand Library, 1960.


Silverman, Robert M.

The Cumberland Decision. Manor Books, 1977.

| setting: San Francisco | Hubin | pbo | find it |


Simmons, Steven.

Body Blows. Dutton, 1986.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |


Simon, Roger L.

California Roll. Villard Books, 1985.


Simpson, Carla.

Desperado’s Caress. Kensington, 1991.

Seduced. Pinnacle Books, 1993.

Deceived. Pinnacle Books, 1994.


Simpson, Robert.

Welcome Danger. London Book Co., 1930.


Sims, George.

Hunter’s Point. Gollancz, 1973.


Sims, L. V.

Murder is Only Skin Deep. Charter Books, 1987.

Death is a Family Affair. Charter Books, 1987.

To Sleep, Perchance to Kill. Charter Books, 1988.


Sinclair, Upton.

100%: The Story of a Patriot. Published by the author, 1920.


Singer, Shelley.

Samson’s Deal. St. Martin’s Press, 1983.

Free Draw. St. Martin’s Press, 1984.

Full House. St. Martin’s Press, 1986.

Spit in the Ocean. St. Martin’s Press, 1987.

Suicide King. St. Martin’s Press, 1988.

| setting: Oakland; Berkeley; San Francisco | series character: Jake Samson | Hubin | find it |

Summary: Laid-back Oakland P.I. Jake Samson's never been a big fan of politics: fun and profitable if you understand the game, futile and frustrating if you don't. But his longtime friend and (unlicensed) sidekick Rosie Vicente invites him to a posh California fundraiser for the energetic gubernatorial candidate of the liberal underdog Vivo party. Hearing that Joe Richmond’s charisma rivals JFK's, Jake can't resist. And what's worse, Jake's actually impressed by Richmond's rhetoric and charm. It's all fun and political games until Pam Sutherland, Richmond's aide, finds her boss in her backyard in Berkeley, hanging naked from an acacia tree. The police rule the death a suicide; Jake and Pam suspect foul play. Pam quickly hires Jake to find the culprit, leading him through an intriguing web of campaign shenanigans, backroom wheeling and dealing, affairs, a possible German mafia connection, and a fair amount more danger than our hero could possibly have imagined.

Following Jane. Signet, 1993.

Picture of David. Signet, 1993.

Searching for Sara. Signet, 1994.

Interview with Mattie. Signet, 1995.

Royal Flush. John Daniel & Co., 1999.


Skibbins, David.

Eight of Swords. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2005.

High Priestess. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

The Star. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.

The Hanged Man. Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008.


Sledge, Tommy. [Michael D. Farrow]

Eat Lead, Clown! Full Court Press, 1987.


Sloan, Robin.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |


Sloan, Susan R.

Guilt by Association. Little, Brown and Company, 1994; Warner Books, 1995.

Behind Closed Doors. Warner Books, 2004.


Sloane, Kit.

Grape Noir. Deadly Alibi Press, 2001.


Slovo, Gillian.

The Betrayal. Michael Joseph, 1991.


Smith, Barry.

The Do or Die Machine. iUniverse, Inc., 2008.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: David Moore | find it |

Blood Rain. iUniverse, Inc., 2009.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: David Moore |

The Miwok Eagles. AuthorHouse, 2009.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: David Moore |


Smith, Julie.

Death Turns a Trick. Walker & Company, 1982.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Rebecca Schwartz | Hubin; MRJ; 1001 Midnights, p. 740-741; Raphael | find it |

The Sourdough Wars. Walker & Company, 1984.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Rebecca Schwartz | Hubin; MRJ; Raphael | find it |

True-Life Adventure. The Mysterious Press, 1985.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Paul McDonald | Hubin; MRJ | find it |

Tourist Trap. The Mysterious Press, 1986.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Rebecca Schwartz | Hubin | find it |

Huckleberry Fiend. The Mysterious Press, 1987.

| setting: Oakland, University of California, Berkeley | series character: Paul McDonald | Hubin | find it |

Other People’s Skeletons. Ivy Books, 1993.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Rebecca Schwartz | Hubin; MRJ; Raphael | find it |


Smith, L. Z. [Lincoln Smith]

The Bartender Ran Last. Local 4 Publishing, 2011.

| setting: Oakland (1989; Loma Prieta Earthquake) | series character: Isaac Smith | tpo | find it |

Summary: Tired of seeing the little guy get the short end of the stick, Isaac "Smitty" Smith is at the end of his rope as a Union Business Agent until the senior bartender at Golden Gate Fields Race Track is fingered in a brazen million dollar heist and desperately calls on him for help. It's 1989 and tensions are high as the Bay Area blisters from an unusual heat wave, and the even more unusual anticipation of a World Series between bitter rivals, Oakland A's and SF Giants. With Jack Daniels as his only companion, danger and intrigue lurk as Smitty struggles to uncover the truth that will prove the bartender's innocence and save his life. From the steamy underbelly of Oakland's Chinatown to the gritty streets of Tijuana, he must navigates between Vietnamese gangsters, Detroit mobsters, insatiable women and a sexy defense attorney with hard agendas and soft lips.

Promise To a Dead Man. Local 4 Publishing, 2013.

| setting: Oakland | series character: Isaac Smith | tpo | find it |

Summary: Gun shots echo in the cavernous basement of the Oakland Hyatt Hotel. Peter Wu lays on the cold asphalt floor. With his dying breath he makes his union business agent, Isaac Smith, swear to watch over his niece, Mai Ling . "Smitty, they will be after her -- you must swear." What obsession drives Mai Ling to drag them both into the dangerous jaws of international intrigue; what secret so menacing, so ominous, that the mere knowledge of it is a death warrant. Will the growing attraction Smitty feels for Mai Ling drag him ever closer to betrayal and annihilation? All Smitty knows is that he must untangle an ever expanding web woven of deceit and death to fulfill a promise, his promise...to a dead man.


Smith, Lachlan.

Bear is Broken. The Mysterious Press, 2013.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leo Maxwell | find it |

Lion Plays Rough. The Mysterious Press, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leo Maxwell | find it |

Fox is Framed. The Mysterious Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leo Maxwell | find it |

Panther's Prey. The Mysterious Press, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leo Maxwell | find it |

Summary: Taking a job as a public defender in San Francisco, Leo Maxwell successfully defends a homeless man, only to be wrongly implicated in the brutal murder of his co-counsel, a crime that their former client confesses to committing.

Wolf's Revenge. The Mysterious Press, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Leo Maxwell | find it |

Summary: Leo Maxwell is no ordinary attorney. He spends as much time tracking corrupt politicians and gangland leaders across the Bay Area to piece together the facts of a crime as he does crafting courtroom rhetoric. But Leo has never quite recovered from discovering his mother’s murdered corpse as a child, or from growing up in the shadow of his brilliant older brother. In Wolf's Revenge, attorney-detective Leo Maxwell seeks an exit strategy from his family’s deepening entanglement with a ruthless prison-based gang. Caught between the criminals and the FBI, Leo charts his own path in defending a young woman who was manipulated into brazenly murdering a member of the Aryan Brotherhood in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. When the consequences strike heartbreakingly close to home, Leo, his brother Teddy, and the rest of the family are forced into a winner-takes-all confrontation with men who don’t care how many innocents they harm in achieving their goals. As Leo’s world collapses, long-held secrets are revealed, transforming his perspective on the aftermath of the tragedy that derailed his childhood and fractured his family twenty-one years ago. Leo comes to realize there’s no such thing as fair play in the battle against a prison gang that’s already being punished to the full extent of the law. The question then becomes who will get revenge first -- the Maxwells or the sadistic gang leader who pursues them?


Smith, Lora R. [see also Roberts, Lora]

Revolting Development. Menlo Park, Calif.: Perseverance Press, 1988. |


Smith, Roland, and Michael P. Spradlin.

Alcatraz. Sleeping Bear Press, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Q (I, Q Series, Book 6) | juvenile | find it |


Smolin, Gil.

Reign of the Rat. Ad Lib Books, 2005.

| setting: Nepal; London; Switzerland; Norway; San Francisco | find it |

Summary: A Berkeley professor is recruited to figure out what is causing a mass epidemic in Nepal. One of the earlier investigators stops in San Francisco on her way home to London, sparking an epidemic in San Francisco (and everywhere else her fellow passengers ended up) requiring mass quarantine and other extreme public health measures. The principal treating physician is based in San Francisco. While a good deal of the action is in Nepal, London, Switzerland, and Norway, a not insignificant portion is set in the Bay Area. The crazed, grieving father of the investigator who landed in San Francisco hires a group of thugs to exact deadly revenge on the researchers, who he blames for his daughter's (P.B.)


Snider, Gordon J.

The Separatist. Helm Publishing, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | tpo | find it |


Solomon, Susanna.

Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls. HD Media Press Inc., 2013.

| setting: Point Reyes | short stories | find it |

Summary: Point Reyes Station: At 10:42 a.m. deputies called for back-up for a "pedestrian who was not following orders." So begins the short story, "Following Orders" in which we are introduced to the charmingly confused pedestrian, Fred Rhinehart, one of the magical characters author Susanna Solomon has conjured up for us in this collection of short stories, all set in Point Reyes, her scenic and lovely home town in northern California. Though the characters are fictitious, the author conceived of their adventures by pondering on actual Sheriff's Calls published in her favorite local newspaper, the Point Reyes Light. But Fred is not the only one of Solomon's characters with whom readers will fall in love. There's his wife, the cantankerous but loving Mildred; Doris, the local hairdresser, the voluptuous Officer Kettleman and more. It doesn't take long for all of them to become as real as the town in which the author imagines they live, love and dream.

More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls. Lucky Bat Books, 2016.

| setting: Point Reyes | short stories | find it |

Summary: A short story collection based on places in and around the rural northern California town of Point Reyes. Although the characters are fictitious, the author conceived of their adventures by pondering on actual 'Sheriff's Calls' published in the "Point Reyes Light", her local newspaper.


Soracco, Sin.

Come to Me. The Green Arcade, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

Summary: Come to Me is a tale of a woman just sprung from prison who finds her way back to a once familiar San Francisco. Gina seeks out her old friend Francine whose rooming house is a refuge for women who are devotees of Santeria, the religion brought to this hemisphere by African slaves. It is above a botanica and curio shop run by Oleander, whose secret past will play a crucial role in this story of love, magic, greed and desire.


Sorrells, Walter.

Club Dread. Sleuth Dutton, 2006.

| setting: San Francisco | Chastity Pureheart (Hunted 2) | juvenile | find it |


Spade, Danny.

San Francisco by Night. Scion, 1951.


Spanogle, Joshua.

Isolation Ward. Delacorte Press, 2006.

Flawless. Delacorte Press, 2007.


Spencer, Archibald.

Prosecutors Will be Violated: No Matter What Crime You Committed, It’s Not Your Fault. Trigance House, 1999.


Spicer, Jack.

The Tower of Babel. Talisman House, 1994.


Spilken, Aron, and Ed O’Leary.

Burning Moon. Playboy Press, 1978.


Spindler, Erica.

Blood Vines. St. Martin’s Press, 2010.

| setting: Sonoma Valley, San Francisco | romantic suspense | find it |


Spinelli, Bradley.

The Painted Gun. Akashic Books, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco (1997) | series character: David Crane | tpo | find it |

Summary: It's 1997 at the dawn of the digital age in San Francisco. Ex-journalist and struggling alcoholic David "Itchy" Crane's fledgling "information consultancy" business is getting slowly buried by bad luck, bad decisions, and the growing presence of the Internet. Before Itchy can completely self-destruct, a crooked private investigator offers him fifty grand to find a missing girl named Ashley. Crane takes the job because the money's right and because the only clue to her disappearance is a dead-on oil portrait of Crane himself painted by the mysterious missing girl--whom he has never met. As Crane's search for Ashley rapidly becomes an obsession, he stumbles upon a series of murders, gets slapped around by thugs and intimidated by cops, and begins to suspect he's being framed for the murders by a psychotic Guatemalan hit man. Left with no avenue but survival, Crane goes on the offensive, fighting to clear his name, solve the murders, and find the beguiling portrait artist Ashley, who may have a few surprises of her own.


Spolter, Tucker.

A Work of Art. PublishAmerica, 2008.


St. Clair, Mike.

Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting. Bantam Books, 1969.


St. Giles, Jennifer.

The Mistress of Trevelyan. Pocket Books, 2004.


St. Martin, Thomas.

Jill. Dell Publishing Co., 1979.


Stacpoole, H. de Vere.

The Mystery of Uncle Bollard. Cassell, 1927; Published for the Crime Club, Inc., by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1928.


Stadtman, Todd.

Please Don't Be Waiting For Me. 4DK Press, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco (1980) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Scott Carlsen and his teenage friends spend their nights pogo dancing at the punk rock dives of early 80s San Francisco and their days wrestling with the social and academic rigors of senior year. In the aftermath of a riotous gig, one of their number -- a sweet-natured punkette named Nadya -- is found savagely murdered and Scott's best friend Benny, Nadya's boyfriend, is hauled in by the police. Sure of Benny's innocence, but cynical of the chances of seeing it proven through official channels, the tightknit band of young punks set out to prove it on their own. In the process, they become entangled in a terrifying conspiracy involving Hells Angels, racist skinheads, and a missing satchel of methamphetamines.

So Good It's Bad. 4DK Press, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco (1980s) | tpo | find it |

Summary: Scott and Micah are wrapping up a zero-budget DIY tour with their band Fist Music. At their last show, Scott becomes violently ill and awakes to find himself a virtual prisoner of a deranged super fan and her equally unbalanced mom. It is up to Bridge, Benny, Micah and Scott’s father to find and rescue him. Their efforts will be complicated by the exploits of a narcissistic serial killer called The Jackpot Killer.

Never Divided. 4DK Press, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco (1984) | tpo |

Summary: It's 1984, when San Francisco was taken over by the Democratic National Convention and the thousands of protesters who took to the streets in opposition to the policies of President Ronald Reagan and the Democrat’s perceived ineffectiveness in combating them. This time, the group’s efforts to clear Micah of a false charge of assaulting a police officer puts them on the wrong side of a criminal gang of corrupt cops working inside the SFPD. As a result, they find themselves hunted throughout the dark corners of Nocturnal San Francisco in a tale that, like its predecessors, is every bit as terrifying and exciting as it is unexpectedly hilarious.


Stafford, Jan.

The Alcatraz Birder Murders. Self-published, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco; Alcatraz Island | tpo | find it |

Summary: Dick Cissel falls for stunning birdwatcher Anna, who co-leads Alcatraz Island's bird survey group. Avian-ignorant, Dick enlists lovelorn Jaye Turnstone, his co-worker and a long-time birder, to join the group as his Cyrano and help him win Anna's love. But when one group member dies mysteriously, romantic comedy becomes perilous danger on The Rock. As fellow journalists Jaye and Dick search for a birder gone wrong, Jaye gets an unwelcome reminder of a past murder, her best friend Rosie tumbles for Dick, and they all run afoul of a long-time criminal. Millions of visitors take ferries from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island to tour the prison and learn more about inmates like Al Capone and The Birdman of Alcatraz. Most don't know that Alcatraz is also a bird sanctuary, and that birdwatchers by the thousands flock there for a glimpse of the owls, cormorants and other species which nest and live on the prison's grounds.


Stahl, Jerry.

I, Fatty. Bloomsbury, 2004.

Pain Killers. William Morrow, 2009.

| setting: San Quentin | series character: Manny Rupert | find it |


Stanley, John. [see Davis, Kenn]


Stanley, Kelli.

City of Dragons. Minotaur Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco (Chinatown; 1940) | series character: Miranda Corbie | find it |

City of Secrets. Minotaur Books, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco (1940), Treasure Island | series character: Miranda Corbie | find it |

City of Ghosts. Minotaur Books, 2014.

| setting: San Francisco (1940) | series character: Miranda Corbie | find it |

City of Sharks. Minotaur Books, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco (1940) | series character: Miranda Corbie | find it |


Stansberry, Domenic.

The Last Days of Il Duce. Permanent Press, 1998.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | find it |

Chasing the Dragon. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2004.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | series character: Dante Mancuso | find it |

The Confession. Hard Case Crime, 2004. (Hard Case Crime 006)

| setting: Marin County | pbo | find it |

The Big Boom. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | series character: Dante Mancuso | find it |

The Ancient Rain. St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2008.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | series character: Dante Mancuso | find it |

Naked Moon. Minotaur Books, 2010.

| setting: San Francisco (North Beach) | series character: Dante Mancuso | find it |


Steel, Danielle.

Ransom. Delacorte Press, 2004.

| setting: San Francisco | romantic suspense | find it |

Accidental Heroes. Delacorte Press, 2018.

| setting: San Francisco; Golden Gate Bridge | find it |

Summary: On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco -- one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous -- perhaps ominous -- message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean? As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen's military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband's savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen's plane is planning something terrible. And he's right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.


Stephens, Judith.

Borrowed Rites. Cayuse Press, 1986.

| setting: Berkeley (University of California) | tpo | find it |

Summary: The discovery of a blonde mummy in storage at a University of California, Berkeley research facility sets off a series of events involving Lily West, a young woman archaeologist, recently returned to Berkeley from Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Lily had been attacked after receiving the diary of another young woman anthropologist who has since disappeared. In Berkeley, the attacks continue as she assists the police in identifying the mummy and catching the killer.


Stephens, Ransom.

Too Rich to Die. Strange Fuse, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco | science fiction | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco techie Eben Scratch becomes the world's first trillionaire on his 30th birthday. Like a high-tech A Christmas Carol, Eben's greed has ruined his life and just might ruin the world if the Time Weavers -- Simon, who can choose the course of history from the intersections of past and future realities, Fiona Black, proprietor of The Intoxicating Page, a bar-bookstore where cocktails are matched to literature, Volodya Kazimer, a cold-war era Russian hacker whose software calculates the probabilities for different futures, and Winter, a beagle -- can't rescue Eben from himself. From San Francisco to Paris, Mexico, India, and Vienna, Too Rich to Die melds Silicon Valley wealth, the French Revolution, and developing world sweatshops into a fast-paced story of love and money found, lost, and crushed beyond recognition.


Sterling, Tom.

Fragments. iUniverse, Inc., 2004.

| setting: San Francisco | find it |


Stern, Richard Martin .

The Will. Doubleday, 1976.


Stevenson, Robert Louis, and Lloyd Osbourne.

The Wrecker. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1891.


Steward, Paull.

Dangerous Men. Harrap, 1926.


Stewardson, Dawn.

The Mummy Case. Harlequin Books, 1994.


Stewart, Sean, and Jordan Weisman.

Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233. Philadelphia: Running Press, 2008.


Stewart, Anita.

The Devil’s Toy. E.P. Dutton & Company, 1935.


Stim, R. (Richard).

I Didn't Kill Your Cat. Self-published, 2011.

| setting: Sausalito | series character: Mary Frances ("Frankie") Jackson (Frankie Jackson Mystery Series 1) | juvenile | tpo | find it |

Summary: 12-year old Mary Frances (“Frankie”) Jackson -- she was an inning away from becoming the first female all-state middle-school pitcher … until a teammate double-crossed her. Then, she was arrested after she sought revenge against the double-crosser. And to top it off, her dad was banished from the family home after falling off the wagon. Now, she’s been sent to California for the summer to live on a houseboat with her Aunt Roxy. There’s one catch -- she can’t get in trouble or it’s back to New Jersey and juvenile detention camp. Too bad that days after arriving at the houseboat community, Frankie lands in hot water. Accused of animal cruelty (killing a cat), and with the evidence stacked against her, she has two weeks to prove her innocence. Frankie turns to a houseboat resident, Margie Britt, a washed out 70s TV star who used to solve mysteries on TV. But as the days pass, Frankie loses faith in Margie and initiates her own investigation. In the process she gets to know all of the eccentrics on the dock. There’s Forgetting Michael, a young disabled man, who forgets things whenever a loud noise goes off; Alice, an 82-year old activist who loves birds and hates cats; and there’s Butch, a German shepherd whose owner has a shady past. Frankie even learns the sad truth about Kay, her accuser. Ultimately, with help of Margie, Roxy, and her new houseboat friends, Frankie proves her innocence. But more importantly, Frankie learns how to deal with her own anger and frustration from the past year’s events.

I Didn't Steal Your Mermaid. Self-published, 2012.

| setting: Sausalito | series character: Mary Frances ("Frankie") Jackson (Frankie Jackson Mystery Series 2) | juvenile | tpo | find it |

Summary: Have you ever heard a mermaid sing? 12-year old Frankie Jackson has … and now she’s in a mess of trouble.

I Like Your Shoes. Self-published, 2014.

| setting: Sausalito | series character: Mary Frances ("Frankie") Jackson (Frankie Jackson Mystery Series 3) | juvenile | tpo | find it |

Summary: Crazy things are about to happen to 12-year old Frankie Jackson after she signs on to compete in a reality TV show. Not only does she have to win a televised pitching competition, but she also has to figure out who burned down an abandoned houseboat and how come a 15-year old con artist wants to become her BFF. And weirdest of all -- why is she getting phone calls from someone claiming to be the "real" Frankie Jackson?


Stonebraker Florence.

Frisco Dame. Quarter Books, 1950.

| setting: San Francisco | erotic | pbo | find it |

Summary: To know Nora Prentiss was to want her-- as the many men in her life soon found out! One kiss was not enough... One night of passion left them begging for more... But there was only one thing the luscious redhead wanted-- and it looked like she'd get him-- until a dead man and a wolf in evening clothes managed to complicate her well-ordered, but thoroughly shocking, life of sin! (Editor's note: Although this novel shares the protagonist's name and setting with the 1947 film Nora Prentiss, starring Ann Sheridan, little else seems to be the same; Stonebrakers' choice of character name must have been inspired by that film.)


Stinson, Joseph C.

Sudden Impact. Warner Books, 1983.


Strahan, Kay Cleaver.

Death Traps. Published for the Crime Club, Inc., by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1930.

| setting: San Francisco | Hubin; Herron; MRJ | find it |


Strand, Joyce T.

On Message. SMcCloughan and Schmeltz Publishing, 2011.

| setting: Silicon Valley | series character: Jillian Hillcrest | tpo | find it |

Open Meetings. SMcCloughan and Schmeltz Publishing, 2012.

| setting: Silicon Valley; Napa Valley | series character: Jillian Hillcrest | tpo | find it |

Fair Disclosure. SMcCloughan and Schmeltz Publishing, 2013.

| setting: Silicon Valley | series character: Jillian Hillcrest | tpo | find it |

Hilltop Sunset. SMcCloughan and Schmeltz Publishing, 2014.

| setting: Napa Valley | series character: Brynn Bancroft | tpo |


Streib, Dan.

The Karate Killers. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1983.


Strike, Johnny.

A Loud Humming Sound Came From Above. Rudos and Rubes Publishing, 2007. [short stories]


Strupp, Joe.

The City and County: A Novel of San Francisco Newsmakers. Dry Bones Press, Inc., 2001.

| setting: San Francisco | tpo | find it |

Summary: Billy Dale is San Francisco's most cunning, dirtiest, and most successful political consultant. A hard-bitten, gay ex-New Yorker, he reaches his sweetest victory on Election Day 1991 when former police chief Jack Callahan wins an underdog race for mayor. But the victory is not so sweet for the city's two daily newspapers, The San Francisco Bulletin and The San Francisco Journal, who endorsed incumbent William Carlson and lost plenty of political clout when he was forced out. That sets the stage for a real roller-coaster ride as the newspapers battle for control of the new mayor and Dale fights to keep his City Hall power intact while navigating through real-life issues of police corruption, toxic pollution, and sexual scandal.


Stuart, Anne.

Catspaw. Harlequin Books, 1985.

Catspaw II. Harlequin Books, 1988.


Stubbs, Jean.

The Golden Crucible. Macmillan, 1976; Stein and Day, 1976.

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


Sturman, Jennifer.

The Hunt. Red Dress Ink, 2007.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Rachel Benjamin | tpo | find it |


Stutler, Tim.

Dead Hand Control. 1stBooks Library, 2002.

| setting: Berkeley, San Diego | find it |


Sullivan, Monica.

Joey Bear and Yvette, Private Detectives. Steve Rubenstein, Publisher, 1982.


Summers, Richard.

Vigilante. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949.


Sutro, Marie.

Dark Associations. Viper Press, 2017.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Kate Barnes (1) | pbo | find it |

Summary: Following the discovery of her protege's mutilated corpse, SFPD Detective Kate Barnes vows to capture the infamous serial killer known as The Tower Torturer. Famous for revisiting history's darkest forms of cruelty on his victims, the sick psychopath has emerged from the shadows after years of silence. As young women close to Kate disappear, the killer taunts the detective, torturing his victims in various and unspeakable ways before displaying their corpses in macabre public tableaus. Despite her best efforts, the predator always seems to be two moves ahead of the rookie investigator. As the body count rises, Kate struggles to apprehend the brutal mastermind before he resurrects history's most insidious form of torture upon her.


Swaim, Lawrence.

The Killing. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980.


Swann, S. Andrew.

Specters of the dawn. DAW Books, 1994.


Swanson, C. D. [Cheryl Swanson]

A Mug's Game. Back Door Books, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jimmie Barlow | originally published as an e-book in 2013 |

Summary: Jimmie Barlow's life is in jeopardy, for a reason he can't easily explain. He's become the unwilling star of an online game that has gone terribly, terribly wrong. When a San Francisco billionaire's son is found viciously shot to death on his father's yacht, there appears to be no motive. That's until Jimmie's prep school classmates point their fingers at "charity kid" Jimmie Barlow. Jimmie's an oddball, an outsider who fits the classic profile of a teen-age killer. Soon Jimmie is under mounting pressure from the police and the media. As if that weren't enough, Jimmie's fallen head over heels for another game player. She's beautiful, she's the girl of his dreams. But is she so determined to win the game they've all been playing...she'll kill Jimmie to do it?


Swanson, Cheryl.

Death Game. Zumaya Publications, 2006.


Swanson, James L.

The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of. 1st Books Library, 2001.


Swanton, Scott.

Sweetheart. Bantam Books, 1980.


Swierczynski, Duane.

Hell & Gone. Mulholland Books, 2011.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Charlie Hardie | tpo | find it |



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