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Valentine, Deborah.

A Collector of Photographs. Bantam Books, 1989.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Kevin Bryce | Hubin | pbo | find it |

 

Valley, Mel.

Magnum Force. Warner Paperback Library, 1974.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Dirty Harry Callahan | Herron; Hubin | movie novel | pbo | find it |

Summary: Gangsters at their country estates. Pimps in their El Dorados. Drug czars ringed by bodyguards. A vigilante with a deadly aim is gunning them down. He's cleaning up San Francisco, and no one can say his victims don't deserve to die... But who is this executioner? Who will be his next target? When will he stop killing? Dirty Harry's itching to track him down, and if no one gives him the job -- he'll take it! Novelization of the 1973 film starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Ted Post. Based on an original screenplay by John Milius and Michael Cimino from a story by John Milius; based on characters created by Harry Julian Fink and Rita M. Fink.

 

Van Belkom, Edo.

Wyrm Wolf: Based on the Apocalypse. HarperPrism, 1995.

 

Van der Zee, John.

Blood Brotherhood. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1970.

 

Van Dycke, Tom, and Ben Kerner.

Not With My Neck. Messner, 1947.

 

VanDyke, D. D.

Loose Ends. Reaper Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: California "Cal" Corwin (California Corwin P.I. Mystery Series 1) | tpo | find it |

Summary: When a young girl is kidnapped, street-smart but damaged San Francisco ex-cop California "Cal" Corwin is engaged to find and rescue her before murder raises the stakes. As a straightforward case takes unexpected twists, Cal must quell a growing fear that an anguished mother may never see her child again. With a shadowy crime lord lurking behind every unexpected clue, Cal struggles to tie up loose ends before evil claims its next victim.

In a Bind. Reaper Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: California "Cal" Corwin (California Corwin P.I. Mystery Series 2) | tpo | find it |

Summary: When a blackmailed drag queen walks into Cal Corwin's P. I. agency, she quickly throws herself into the investigation, but with each new clue she finds the case gets murkier, its web of lies more tangled. When murder rears its ugly head, it becomes clear more is at stake than money, and Cal must watch her own back even as she tries to find the culprit. Includes a bonus short story, "Off the Leash."

Slipknot. Reaper Press, 2015.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: California "Cal" Corwin (California Corwin P.I. Mystery Series 3) | tpo | find it |

Summary: After a woman is found dead in Cal Corwin's car and police detectives come knocking at her door, the case turns far more personal than first it seemed. As the ghosts of past cases rear their ugly heads, not only must she find out who murdered the victim, but why. Teasing the answers out soon reveals the disturbing question: Who is the hunter, and who hunted?

 

Van Wyck, Gil.

Simon Purvis. AuthorHouse, 2006.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Simon Purvis | tpo | find it |

Summary: Simon Purvis -- retired from the San Francisco Police Department, now working as a private investigator -- is hired by a prominent San Francisco socialite to investigate her husband. After Simon's surveillance team reports her suspicions unfounded, the socialite is found murdered. Did she interrupt a burglary in progress? Did her husband murder her while under the watchful eye of Simon's team? Or is there some other underlying motive and killer?

Without Remorse. AuthorHouse, 2006.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Simon Purvis | tpo | find it |

Summary: San Francisco private investigator Simon Purvis is hired by a woman who has been recently sexually assaulted. When the alleged rapists are not readily found, the victim takes matters into her own hands and must fight for her life. Later arrested, arraigned, and placed on trial for her actions, she must await the decision of the jury about whether her actions were just.

 

Vance, Jack. [see also Peter Held, Ellery Queen]

The House on Lily Street: A Murder Mystery. Underwood-Miller, 1979.

| setting: San Francisco | Hubin | find it |

The View from Chickweed's Window: A Novel of Suspense. Underwood-Miller, 1979.

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

 

Vardeman, Robert E.

The Screaming Knife. Avon Books, 1990.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Thorne | Hubin | pbo | find it |

The Resonance of Blood. Avon Books, 1992.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Thorne | Hubin | pbo | find it |

Death Channels. Avon Books, 1992.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Peter Thorne | Hubin | pbo | find it |

 

Véa, Alfredo.

The Silver Cloud Café. Dutton, 1996.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Zeferino Del Campo | Hubin | find it |

Summary: In San Francisco, a midget is accused of murder he did not commit in a case that has its origins in the migrant workers' camps in the 1950s. Lawyer Zeferino Del Campo takes up his defense and in the process discovers the violent world of exploited immigrants.

Gods Go Begging. Dutton, 1999.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Jesse Pasadoble | Hubin | find it |

Summary: Lawyer Jesse Pasadoble of San Francisco investigates murders with roots in the Vietnam War. The victims were two women, partners in a restaurant, one black, the other Vietnamese. It turns out Pasadoble served with their husbands in Vietnam.

 

Viguié, Debbie.

Pied Piper. Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2004. [based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge]

 

Viharo, William.

Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me. Wild Card Press, 1993.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Vic Valentine | tpo | Reissued: Gutter Books, 2013 | find it |

Summary: Meet Vic Valentine, a San Francisco private eye whose romance is on the rocks, with a twist. An abusive, alcoholic baseball player has hired him to find his missing wife. Trouble is, it turns out she's also Vic's long lost lover. Coincidence? Fate? A setup? Join a hopeless romantic on his quest for the answer in this twisted tale of old-fashioned romance gone awry in a shadowy, postmodern world of lovelorn losers, vengeful vice, dangerous deceit and swingin' Sinatra songs.

The Vic Valentine Classic Case Files. Thrillville Press, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Vic Valentine | tpo | find it |

Summary: The Vic Valentine Classic Case Files collects for the first time in a single definitive edition the four novels between Love Stories Are Too Violent For Me and Hard-boiled Heart, all written in the mid-1990s, published by the author himself in 2011, and now available in this official anthology: Fate Is My PimpRomance Takes a Rain CheckI Lost My Heart in Hollywood, and Diary of a Dick, plus a new short story, "Brain Mistrust." From an Elvis-themed sex cult involving a missing Mob brat, to a sordid rendezvous with a homicidal high school sweetheart, to a real live B movie road trip, to a series of lusty liaisons with the wild women of the detective's promiscuous past, there are no experiences or encounters like these anywhere in genre fiction, all related to the reader in our hapless hero's intrepid, introspective, shamelessly self-centered voice. Welcome to the wild, wondrous, wacky and woeful world of Vic Valentine, Private Eye.

Fate is My Pimp. Thrillville Press, 2016.

| setting: San Francisco | series character: Vic Valentine | tpo |

Summary: Fate Is My Pimp picks up the torrid trail of Vic Valentine, Private Eye as he traverses the mean streets of San Francisco and beyond in search of a mobster's missing teenage daughter, encountering various voluptuous vixens, a female surf band, and a stalker leaving him mysterious musical messages, all while infiltrating an Elvis-theme commune for runaways, led by a deviously decadent Deacon Rivers.

Vic Valentine, Private Eye. Thrillville Press, 2019.

| setting: San Francisco; Seattle | series character: Vic Valentine | short stories | tpo | find it |

Summary:  Lounge lizard. International man of misery. Space cadet. Dog walker. Lover. Loner. Fighter. Fool. Vic Valentine has been all of these things and more, and less--much less. These fourteen torrid tales of forbidden love, shameless lust, surrealistic horror, existential mystery, pointless mayhem, and just plain stupidity spanning Vic's entire pathetic life collectively illuminate the darkest corners of the human condition, without revealing a single god damn truth, other than we're all lonely globs of ephemeral flesh wandering aimlessly around a big ball of shit hanging by a thread in a vast, apathetic void. Welcome to the hypnotic, erotic, neurotic world of Vic Valentine, Private Eye.

 

Vining, Dan.

The Next. Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

 

Vollmann, William T.

The Royal Family. Viking, 2000.

 

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