John Miller and Tim Smith, editors. San Francisco Thrillers: True Crimes and Dark Mysteries from the City by the Bay (1995) 252 pp. [tpo]
“The first anthology of mysteries and thrillers set in the City by the Bay.” Includes short stories (Bill Pronzini, Dashiell Hammett, Joe Gores, Ambrose Bierce, and Marcia Muller), excerpts from novels (Jim Thompson’s Ironside, Mabel Maney’s The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse, John Lantigua’s Heat Lightning, and Gloria White’s Murder on the Run), a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo, true crime accounts by Hildegarde Teilhet (Theo Durrant case, 1895) and Oscar Lewis (J. Milton Bowers case, 1885), and a vignette by Mark Twain. Illustrated with historical photographs by Francis Bruguiére.