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    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade, a slightly shop-worn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, stars in Hammett's detective fiction, a novel that has haunted several generations of readers. The Maltese Falcon is Hammett's most famous work.

Year: 1930
Genre: Hardboiled DetectiveStolen Goods

    Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller

It's Sharon McCone's first case as staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. She knows nothing about antiques, yet she has an affection for Salem Street with its charming mix of antique and curio shops. Now elderly dealer Joan Albritton has been found dead, stabbed with an antique dagger.

Year: 1977
Genre: Murder MysteryPrivate Eye

    Ask the Cards A Question by Marcia Muller

There's trouble in Sharon McCone's quiet San Francisco apartment building. Madame Anya, with her cards, her tamed crow, and her candles, had predicted evil for Molly Antonio. Linnea Carraway, drinking heavily and careening in the wake of a divorce, had argued with her. Now the sweet, elderly lady lies dead in her apartment. Linnea, last to see Molly alive, is the prime suspect, and if Sharon means to clear her best friend, she has to find the murderer fast.

Year: 1982
Genre: Murder MysteryPrivate Eye

    The Cheshire Cat's Eye by Marcia Muller

To tourists, bay-windowed Victorian mansions are quaint, peaceful symbols of old San Francisco, but on the secluded hill above Steiner Street, the gingerbread has sparked a bitter battle. Ambitious developers are pushing for restoration, and residents are fighting for their homes-until a controversial restorationist is found dead on the job, awash in garish house paint.

Year: 1983
Genre: Cold CaseStolen Goods

    Leave A Message for Willie by Marcia Muller

Amid the shifting world of San Francisco flea markets, shady vendors sell junk, precious antiques, and stolen goods side by side. Somewhere in the mix, a priceless collection of sacred Torah scrolls is gathering dust-and attracting a group of fanatical killers.

Year: 1984
Genre: ConspiracyStolen Goods

    Quicksilver by Bill Pronzini

A weekend fling turns into a week-long manhunt as the Nameless Detective's last solo case involves him in a cat and mouse chase through San Francisco's Japantown that ends in a confusion of murder, rape, and suicide.

Year: 1984
Genre: Buried Past

    There's Nothing to Be Afraid of by Marcia Muller

The Globe Apartments, six stories of decaying brick and concrete, rises above San Francisco's volatile Tenderloin district. The seedy former hotel, once a haven for the city's down and out, now houses Vietnamese families striving to improve their lives. But private eye Sharon McCone believes that someone from the Tenderloins shadowy underworld is determined to drive the newcomers out.

Year: 1985
Genre: Buried Past

    Deadfall by Bill Pronzini

While staked out on a routine car repossession, Nameless all but witnesses the shooting of a San Francisco lawyer, Leonard Purcell. He arrives on the scene in time to hear Purcell's dying words, one of which is "deadfall." But Purcell dies in Nameless's arms before the cryptic word can be explained.

Year: 1986
Genre: Murder Mystery

    There's Something in A Sunday by Marcia Muller

It's a cold Sunday in San Francisco. Sharon McCone's alone on a routine surveillance job, following a man named Frank Wilkonson through the city's lush horticultural hot spots to the sere foothills of the Diablos. But when she returns to find her kindly old client in a pool of blood, nothing she's learned explains it.

Year: 1989
Genre: Murder Mystery

    Earthquake Weather by Tim Powers

The magical King of the West has been killed in California, and his assassin is one of the multiple personalities in the head of Janis Cordelia Plumtree--but which one? Sid Cochran is a one-time winemaker who blames his wife's suicide on the wine god Dionysus, and believes that Dionysus is now pursuing him.

Year: 1997
Genre: DystopianFantasy




Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1930The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett Hardboiled Detective, Stolen Goods, San Francisco
1977Edwin of the Iron Shoes by Marcia Muller Murder Mystery, Private Eye, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1982Ask the Cards A Question by Marcia Muller Murder Mystery, Private Eye, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1983The Cheshire Cat's Eye by Marcia Muller Cold Case, Stolen Goods, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1984Leave A Message for Willie by Marcia Muller Stolen Goods, Conspiracy, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1984Quicksilver by Bill Pronzini Buried Past, Nameless Detective, San Francisco
1985There's Nothing to Be Afraid of by Marcia Muller Buried Past, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1986Deadfall by Bill Pronzini Murder Mystery, Nameless Detective, San Francisco
1989There's Something in A Sunday by Marcia Muller Murder Mystery, Sharon McCone, San Francisco
1997Earthquake Weather by Tim Powers Dystopian, Fantasy, Fault Lines, Los Angeles , San Francisco
2002Bleeders by Bill Pronzini Extortion, Nameless Detective, San Francisco
2014Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco by Ed Sams San Francisco, Non-Fiction





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