JIM WOLF is a P.I. who lives aboard a boat moored at Oakland's Jack London Square marina. He was adopted at an early age, and it made him kind of a loner. No wonder he became -- yes, you guessed it, a "lone wolf" private eye.
Jim's caseload is as varied as it is fascinating, including being hired to find 30 members of a religious cult that sometimes disappear -- and prevent them from disappearing for good.
His best friend Lori runs Big Emma's, a Victorian bar. In "The Breath of Death" she leads Wolf out of his element and into the High Sierras to try and help her uncle, John Friendly. His first conversation with his client starts like this:
"And you're Jim, the private investigator. Thanks for coming. I didn't know who to turn to. I thought I needed your help in finding evil. But it proved to be a false alarm. Hate to drag you way up here for nothing."
The short stories featuring Wolf all have a similar compelling start to them that draws you into the story.
Tim Wohlforth has had several dozen short stories accepted for publication. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, e-zines and anthologies, including Detective Mystery Magazine, Crimestalker Casebook, Hand Held Crime, Plots With Guns, Fedora, Down These Dark Streets and Hardbroiled. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction book, On The Edge: Political Cults Right and Left. He is also the creator of the Tom "Crip" Bateman and Henrietta series of mysteries featuring a paraplegic PI and his green haired, tattooed assistant.
"I believed I was a moral man. I had my own code of conduct and did my best to follow it. Succeeded at least some of the time. I tried not to tell others how to think, what to do, who to worship. And I damn well expected others to respect my privacy. My innermost beliefs were precisely that. Innermost. Nobody's damned business. One reason why I lived in a boat. Boats have no doors. No doorbells. Therefore nobody, dressed in suit and tie, standing there with a pamphlet in his sweaty palm."
(Jim Wolf on morals and religion, "The Breath of Death")
- "Deadly Politics" (2002, Detective Mystery Stories; 2003, Sintrigue)
- "The Breath of Death" (Fall 2002, Hardluck Stories)
- "The Black Cat" (2003, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine)
- "Presumed Guilty" (2003, Orchard Press)
- "Self-Defense" (2003, Story One)
- "The Ranters" (2001,
Fedora: Private Eyes and Tough Guys)
- "Lobster Bisque" (2003,
- "Killer Fog" (2003, Down These Dark Streets After Hours Anthology)
- "The Port of Missing Men" (Summer 2004,
The Thrilling Detective Web Site)
- "Whatever Happened to Chuck" (August 2004,
Orchard Press Mysteries)