GOLDEN GATE MYSTERIES: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CRIME FICTION
SET IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

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Waddell, E. Lee. [Eleanor Lee Waddell] |author info|
Murder at Drake’s Anchorage. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1949.
    | setting: Marin County | summary | find it |

Walcott, Earle Ashley. |author info|
Blindfolded. Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1906. |summary|
The open door: a romance of mystery--Time, 1905. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1910.

Waldman, Ayelet. |author info|
The cradle robbers. New York: Berkely Prime Crime, 2005. (A Mommy-Track mystery)

Walker, John U. |author info|
Killer code. [Charleston, S.C.]: BookSurge LLC, 2006.

Walker, T. Mike.
Voices from the bottom of the world: a policeman’s journal. New York: Grove Press, 1969.

Walker, Walter.
The two dude defense. New York: Harper & Row, Publisher, 1985.
Rules of the knife fight. New York: Harper & Row, Publisher, 1986.
The appearance of impropriety. New York: Pocket Books, 1993.
    | setting: San Francisco | Hubin | summary | find it |

Wallace, David Rains.
The turquoise dragon. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1985.
    | setting: Oakland, Trinity County, southern Oregon | summary | find it |

Wallace, Marilyn. |author info|
A case of loyalties. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
    | setting: Oakland; Berkeley; Angel Island | series characters: Sgt. Jay Goldstein; Sgt. Carlos Cruz | Hubin | summary | find it |
Primary target. New York: Bantam Books, 1988.
    | setting: Oakland | series characters: Sgt. Jay Goldstein; Sgt. Carlos Cruz | Hubin | pbo | find it |
A single stone. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1991.
    | setting: Oakland | series characters: Sgt. Jay Goldstein; Sgt. Carlos Cruz | Hubin; Raphael | summary | find it |

Wallace, Robert.
Yellow shadows of death. San Diego, Calif.: Corinth, 1965. (The Phantom detective #9)

Wallace, William E.
The Judas hunter. Berkeley, Calif.: William E. Wallace, 2013.
    | setting: Oakland | tpo |
I want to die! Berkeley, Calif.: William E. Wallace, 2013.
    | setting: Oakland | tpo | summary |
The jade bone jar. Berkeley, Calif.: William E. Wallace, 2014.
    | setting: Oakland (1947) | tpo | summary |

Ward, Matt.
Blackout. Orlando, Fla.: FirstPublish, 2001.

Ward, Steve.
Odds against Linda. New York: Ace Books, 1960.

Warmbold, Jean.
June mail. Sag Harbor, N.Y.: Permanent Press, 1986.

Warne, Philip S.
Silver Riffle Sid, or, A “daisy” bluff: a California romance. New York: Beadle and Adams, July 21, 1886.
Dan Dirk, king of no man’s land, or, Lightning George’s last card: the Frisco detective’s block game. New York: Beadle and Adams, March 7, 1894. |summary|

Warner, Gertrude Chandler.
The mystery in San Francisco. Morton Grove, Ill.: Albert Whitman & Company, 1997.
    | setting: San Francisco | series characters: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden (The Boxcar children mysteries 57) | juvenile | summary | find it |

Warner, Penny. [see also Pike, Penny] |author info|
How to host a killer party. New York: Obsidian, 2010.
    | setting: San Francisco, Alcatraz Island | series character: Presley Parker (Party Planning Mystery 1) | pbo | summary | find it |
How to crash a killer bash. New York: Obsidian, 2010.
    | setting: San Francisco | series character: Presley Parker (Party Planning Mystery 2) | pbo | summary | find it |
How to survive a killer séance. New York: Obsidian, 2011.
    | setting: San Francisco, Winchester Mystery House | series character: Presley Parker (Party Planning Mystery 3) | pbo | find it |
How to party with a killer vampire. New York: Obsidian, 2011.
    | setting: San Francisco (Treasure Island) | series character: Presley Parker (Party Planning Mystery 4) | pbo | find it |
How to dine on killer wine. New York: Obsidian, 2012.
    | setting: San Francisco; Napa Valley | series character: Presley Parker (Party Planning Mystery 5) | pbo | find it |

Warner, Ralph, and Toni Ihara.
Murder on the air. Berkeley, Calif.: Nolo Press, 1984.

Washburn, Stan.
Intent to harm. New York: Pocket Books, 1994.
    | setting: Berkeley? | series character: Toby Parkman | summary | find it |
Into thin air. New York: Pocket Books, 1996.
    | setting: Berkeley? | series character: Toby Parkman | pbo | find it |

Webb, Victoria. [Will Baker]
A little ladykilling. New York: The Dial Press, 1982.

Weber, Lin.
The wine cellar. St. Helena, Calif.: Wine Ventures Pub., 2006.
    | setting: Napa Valley | series character: Grace Potts | tpo | find it |

Wehen, Joy De Weese.
Stranger at Golden Hill. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1961. (Re-issued as: The Golden Hill mystery. New York: Berkley, 1964)

Weiss, Kirsten.
The metaphysical detective. [United States]: Misterio Press, 2012.
    | setting: San Francisco | series character: Riga Hayworth | paranormal | e-book | summary |

Weiss, Mike. |author info|
No go on Jackson Street. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1987.
All points bulletin. New York: Avon Books, 1989.
A dry and thirsty ground. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

Weissman, Jerry.
The Zodiac killer. Los Angeles: Pinnacle Books, 1979. |summary|

Welch, Pat.
Murder by the book. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Naiad Press, Inc., 1990.
    | setting: Berkeley | series character: Helen Black | Hubin | tpo | summary | find it |
Still waters. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Naiad Press, Inc., 1991. |summary|
A proper burial. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Naiad Press, Inc., 1993. |summary|
Smoke and mirrors. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Naiad Press, Inc., 1996. |summary|
Fallen from grace. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Naiad Press, Inc., 1998. |summary|
A time to cast away. Ferndale, Mich.: Bella Books, 2005. |summary|

West, B. J., editor.
Fog City nocturne: from the casebook of Nick Chambers. Berkeley, Calif.: Apocryphile Press, 2005.
    | setting: San Francisco (1940s) | series character: Nick Chambers | short stories | tpo | summary |find it |

West, Melanie.
Conflict of interest. Madison, Wis.: DLSIJ Press, 2007.

Westlake, Donald E., and Brian Garfield. |author info|
Gangway! New York: M. Evans and Company, 1973.

Westover, Christina.
Precipice. Castroville, Tex.: Black Rose Writing, 2010.
    | setting: San Francisco | series character: Virgil Daly | tpo | summary |

Wheeler, Edward L.
Bonanza Bill, miner, or, Madam Mystery, the female forger: a tale of the city of San Francisco. New York: Beadle and Adams, December 16, 1879. |summary|
Deadwood Dick, Jr., in San Francisco, or, Kodak Kate, the snap shot. New York: Beadle and Adams, March 3, 1891. |summary|
Deadwood Dick, Jr., still hunt, or, The second round in San Francisco: a romance of baffling mystery. New York: Beadle and Adams, April 14, 1891.

White, Gloria. |author info|
Murder on the run. New York: Dell Publishing, 1991.
Money to burn. New York: Dell Publishing, 1993.
Charged with guilt. New York: Dell Publishing, 1995.
Sunset and Santiago. New York: Dell Publishing, 1997. |summary|
Death notes. Sutton [England]: Severn House, 2005. |summary|
Cry baby. Sutton [England]: Severn House, 2006. |summary|

White, Stewart Edward. |author info|
The gray dawn. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1915.

White, Thomas.
The book of Matthew: a novel of suspense. Ithaca, NY: McBooks Press, Inc., 2008. |summary|

Whitney, Phyllis A. |author info|
The trembling hills. New York: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1956.
The mystery of the green cat. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1957.

Wick, Carter. [Collin Wilcox]
The faceless man. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1975.

Wiecek, Michael. |author info|
Exit strategy. New York: Jove Books, 2005.

Wiehe, Fred. |author info|
Night songs. San Jose, Calif.: Authors Choice Press, 2001.
    | setting: San Jose; Big Sur | horror | tpo | find it |
The burning. Baltimore: AmErica House, 2002.
    | setting: “Serenity Bay” | horror | tpo | find it |

Wilcox, Collin. [see also Pronzini, Bill] |author info|
The black door. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1967.
The third figure. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1968.
The lonely hunter. New York: Random House, 1969.
The disappearance. New York: Random House, 1970.
Dead aim. New York: Random House, 1971.
Hiding place. New York: Random House, 1973.
Long way down. New York: Random House, 1974.
Aftershock. New York: Random House, 1975.
Doctor, lawyer... New York: Random House, 1976.
The third victim. New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1976.
The watcher. New York: Random House, 1978.
Power plays. New York: Random House, 1979.
Mankiller. New York: Random House, 1980.
Stalking horse. New York: Random House, 1982.
Victims. New York: Mysterious Press, 1984.
Night games. New York: Mysterious Press, 1986.
The pariah. New York: Mysterious Press, 1988.
Bernhardt’s edge. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1988.
A death before dying. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1990.
Silent witness. New York: Tor Books: Distributed by St. Martin’s Press, 1990.
Except for the bones. New York: Tor Books, 1991.
Hire a hangman. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1991.
Dead center. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1992.
Find her a grave. New York: Forge, 1993.
Switchback. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1993.
Full circle. New York: Forge, 1994. |summary|
Calculated risk. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1995. |summary|

Wiley, Barry H.
Revelations of the impossible Piddingtons. [United States]: Barry H. Wiley, 2010.
    | setting: San Francisco (1895) | series character: Kyame Piddington (Adventures in Second Sight 1) | e-book |

Wiley, Hugh. |author info|
Jade, and other stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921.
Manchu blood. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.
The copper mask, and other stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1932.
Murder by the dozen: twelve James Lee Wong detective stories. New York: Popular Library, 1951.

Wilhelm, Gale. |author info|
No letters for the dead. New York: Random House, 1936. |summary|

Willard, Eliza. |series info|
The power of three. New York: Pocket Pulse, 1999.
    | setting: San Francisco | series characters: Halliwell sisters (Charmed 1; based on the television series Charmed, created by Constance M. Burge) |
    juvenile; fantasy | pbo | summary | find it |

Willeford, Charles. |author info|
High priest of California. New York: Royal Books, 1953.
Pick-up. New York: Beacon Books, 1955.
Wild wives. New York: Beacon Books, 1956. (Issued in tandem with High priest of California, which had been previously published.)

Williams, Brad, and J.W. Ehrlich.
A conflict of interest. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.
A matter of confidence. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.

Williams, Charles.
Nothing in her way. New York: Gold Medal Books, 1953.

Williams, H. T.
Mysteries of San Francisco. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1876.

Williams, Mark London.
Dino sword Berkeley, Calif.: Tricycle Press, 2001.
    | setting: San Francisco (1941) | series character: Eli Sands (Danger Boy 2) | juvenile; fantasy | Re-issued as Dragon sword. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 2004 | summary | find it |

Williams, Mary Floyd.
Fortune, smile once more! Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1946.

Williams-Fisher, Victoria.
Pescadero Creek Milwaukee, Wis.: Mirror Publishing, 2010.
    | setting: Pescadero | series characters: Rob McAllister and Morgan Warren | tpo | summary | find it |

Williamson, Eric Miles.
East Bay grease. New York: Picador USA, 1999.

Willoughby, Lee Davis.
The Barbary Coasters. New York: Dell Publishing Co., 1983. |summary|

Wilson, Gar.
Welcome to the feast. New York: Worldwide, 1985. (Phoenix Force #17)

Wilson, Lee. [Laura Elizabeth Lemmon] |author info|
This deadly dark. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1946.
    | setting: San Francisco | Hubin | summary | find it |

Wilson, John Morgan. [see Duchin, Peter.]

Wings, Mary. |author info|
She came in a flash. London: Women’s Press, 1988; New York: New American Library, 1989.
She came by the book. London: Women’s Press, 1995; New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 1996. |summary|
She came to the Castro. London: Women’s Press, 1997; New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 1997. |summary|
She came in drag. New York: Berkley Prime Crime, 1999. |summary|

Winslow, Don. |author info|
The trail to Buddha’s mirror. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.

Winter-Damon, T., and Randy Chandler.
Duet for the devil. Orlando, Fla.: Necro Publications, 2000. |summary|

Wirt, Mildred A. |author info|
Through the Moon-Gate door. New York: Cupples and Leon Company, 1938.
    | setting: San Francisco (Chinatown) | series: A Mystery Story for Girls 5 | juvenile | find it |

Wolfe, Susan.
The last billable hour. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1989.

Wonderling, Larry.
The ultimate evil. San Francisco: Cape Foundation Publications, 2005.

Wood, Simon. |author info|
Working stiffs. Plano, Tex.: Blue Cubicle Press, 2006.
    | setting: San Francisco Bay Area | short stories | tpo | summary | find it |
Paying the piper. New York: Leisure Books, 2007.
    | setting: San Francisco | pbo | find it |
We all fall down. New York: Leisure Books, 2008.
    | setting: Marin County | pbo | find it |
Terminated. New York: Leisure Books, 2010.
    | setting: South Bay | pbo | find it |
The fall guy. [United States]: Comet Press, 2011.
    | setting: East Bay | tpo |

Wood, Simon, and Robert Pratten
Lowlifes. [United States]: Zen Films, 2011.
    | setting: San Francisco | tpo | summary |

Woolrich, Cornell. |author info|
Rendezvous in black. New York: Walter J. Black, 1948.

Worley, William. |author info|
My dead wife. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1948.
    | setting: San Francisco | Hubin | find it |

Wuamett, Victor.
Teardown. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.
    | setting: San Jose | series character: Chase Randel | summary | find it |
Deeds of trust. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.
    | setting: San Jose | series character: Chase Randel | MRJ | find it |


 
 

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