Tim Wohlforth, the writer
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Short Stories 
Wohlforth has created three series characters for his short stories and novels:
  • Jim Wolf is a PI who lives in a boat at Oakland's Jack London Square marina. He has a reason for being a loner as he was adopted at an early age. His best friend Lori runs Big Emma's, a Victorian bar. Read Dale Stoyer's profile of Jim Wolf on the Thrilling Detective website.


  • Crip and Henrietta: Tom Bateman is a paraplegic PI living in Berkeley, California. Now matter how hard he tries he cannot rid himself of his one-time assistant, green-haired, multi-pierced and tattooed Henrietta.


  • Victoria Renard: Twenty-three year old Victoria Renard has her Mexican mother's beauty and her French father's brilliance. All she lacks is a heart. To her murder, mayhem, and madness are nothing more than great stories. She plans to build her career on the basis of Oakland's soaring body count.

Wohlforth also has written many standalone stories dealing with women in jeopardy, cults, historical crime, pets, as well as literary fiction.




The anthology has become an important way of making short crime stories available to a larger reading public. All the anthologies listed below contain quality stories from some of the best writers in the genre practicing today. Wohlforth has sold short stories to eleven anthologies including:
Send My Love, and a Molotov Cocktail: Stories of Crime, Love and Rebellion. Edited by Gary Phillips and Andrea  Gibbons, Molotov includes Tim Wohlforth's One Dark Berkeley Night and short stories by Sara Paretsky, Paco Taibo II and others. An incendiary mixture of genres and voices, this collection of short stories compiles a unique set of work that revolves around riots, revolts, and revolution. One Dark Berkeley Night by Tim Wohlforth: In a story spanning decades, the ambush shooting of a cop one lonely night in Berkeley in the ‘70s echoes into the present for several people who have a lot to lose should the truth come out. Send My Love, and a Molotov Cocktail is available from your local bookstore, from PM Press  ($19.95) and from Amazon/Kindle ($9.99)

Death Do Us Part:  This anthology is published by Little Brown under the auspices of the Mystery Writers of America. New York Times best selling thriller writer Harlan Coben is the editor. Contributors include Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Charles Ardai, Ridley Pearson, and William Kent Krueger. Most of the contributors were chosen by Coben. The rest of the slots were filled from blind submissions from MWA members. Some 300 members participated.

Tim Wohlforth's The Masseuse was one of those chosen. Teresa, a masseuse, suggests to George a perfect arrangement. Great sex, gourmet meals, no hassle. It does not quite turn out that way.  The Masseuse has recently been listed by Otto Penzler in his The Best American Mystery Stories 2007.

Plots With Guns Anthology:  Anthony Neil Smith, with two fellow graduate literature students launched the on line magazine Plots With Guns and maintained it for five years. They preferred hardboiled, noir, edgy material and had become frustrated with the limitations imposed by other magazines on content and creativity. The site soon attracted buzz and some of the top writers in the field as well as new experimental writers. For example The Penzler annual collection features four Plots With Guns stories including Jesus Christ Is Dead by Wohlforth. Over its lifetime the site published four of Wohlforth's Crip & Henrietta stories.

Smith and friends, having made their point, packed it in at the end of 2004. Dennis McMillan, an independent publisher of collector's editions, has produced an anthology containing the best of Plots With Guns. Contributors include Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, Gary Philips, and Reed Farrell Coleman.

Crip And Henrietta, Wohlforth's first story in this series, is included in the collection. As Anthony Neil Smith comments in his introduction to the tale, "Crip And Henrietta is a hoot - a pierced-punk babe with an attitude and a paraplegic private eye make a winning team."

Techno-Noir:  Way back in 2002 Tim Wohlforth submitted Cookie Monsters to Techno-Noir, a collection of mysteries with a technological slant. It was accepted but the editors, Eva Batonne and Jeffrey Marks, had no publisher. In late 2003 the collection found a home and was finally published in 2005 by Zumaya, a Canadian imprint. It was worth the wait and has received rave reviews.

Pat Elliott writes that it is "just the right combination of humor, mystery, murder, detectives and just plain people, living their lives in a technological age."

Wohlforth's Cookie Monster is not about the chocolate chip disks you might find in your cupboard. These cookies do their dirty work inside your computer. To order click here.

Short Attention Span Mysteries:  How fast can you solve a mystery? Can you sleuth out the clues in a minute? Can you figure out what happened to the victim in a flash? Are you ready for quick mysteries like these? This anthology, published by Kerlak, includes Wohlforth's Angels Landing. A couple climbs a treacherous switchback trail in Zion National Park. Only one comes back down. To order click here.


Fedora:  "These ain't your Mama's anthology," editor Michael Bracken explains, "and these tales ain't for the faint-hearted. These are raw gritty stories exploring the dark abyss of men's souls." Published by Wildside Press in July, 2001. Available from www.amazon.com.

The collection includes The Ranters by Tim Wohlforth: Walter Johnson towers over Jim Wolf's table at Yoshi's Jazz Club, trademark sweat-stained fedora tipped toward the front of his head, kinky hair sticking out the sides. "I need you to find thirty people," he says. Wolf takes the case. He follows the trail of a doomsday cult that preys on young co-eds all the way to "heaven."

Hardbroiled:  Whining, dining and death. This collection edited by Michael Bracken combines fast living anb fine dining with culinary crimes suitable for the most refined palates. Published by Betancourt & Company in 2003, it is available from www.amazon.com.

It includes Wohlforth's Lobster Bisque.
Carol Smythe, famous chef-owner of Berkeley's newest priciest restaurant, is found dead. Someone has shoved her head into a boiling pot of lobster bisque. Laura Simmons, who worked for Smythe, is accused of the murder. She appeals to Jim Wolf for help. Wolf enters the bitter, competitive world of the gourmet restaurant kitchen.

Small Crimes (Edited by Michael Bracken). Little things in our lives spinning in unsuspected directions,. Small crimes, thoughtless actions. And momentary lapses in judgment all have consequences we can't begin to imagine. Published by Betancourt in 2004. Available through Amazon.

The work includes Tim Wohlforth's The Newspaper. George leaves his house at 7 A.M. determined to find a newspaper. He has just moved into the neighborhood and paper delivery hasn't begun. But he must have a paper. Barry Bonds has hit two home runs in one game. He must read about it, savor the details. He passes a gray stucco house with pealing paint. He spots a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle lying on the weedy lawn. He gives in to temptation and grabs the paper. A shapely blond wearing only a pink bathrobe comes to the front door, holding a shotgun.

Never Safe (edited by K.M. Kavanaugh) and Margaret Searles) Karen Kavanaugh writes that the idea for Never Safe "haunted my dreams; would not leave me alone." She wanted edgy stories "based on characters in jeopardy."

Tim Wohlforth's Killer Fog leads the collection. "Have you ever experienced a fog so dense you felt you were being suffocated?" Wohlforth asks. "The kind that causes multiple car crashes, the kind the papers call a 'Killer Fog?' I have. I transported that fog to Jack London Square in Oakland. Only the deaths that ensued this time were no accidents."


Full Length Mysteries
Tim Wohlforth writes a Private Investigator series, featuring Jim Wolf. These books and short stories are written in a contemporary California noir style. Wohlforth draws his inspiration from Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and the noir films of the late Forties. Three of these stories make up the Jim Wolf Trilogy. The series explores how the past can impinge upon the present with deadly results. Dale Stoyer profiles Jim Wolf on the Thrilling Detective website.

Krill Press is publishing the three book series featuring Oakland PI, Jim Wolf. These books are written in a contemporary California noir style. Wohlforth draws his inspiration from Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and the noir films of the late Forties. Dale Stoyer profiles Jim Wolf on the Thrilling Detective website.

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A recent widow hires private detective Jim Wolf to help find her husband's killer. when the widow is killed by a hit man, Wolf must discover who hired him before he becomes the next victim. Published by Krill Press and available on Kindle from Amazon and audiobook from Downpour, Audible and Ambling Books.

Epitaph for Emily

Jim Wolf attends a book reading of a biography of the recently deceased author Kurt Vonnegut at a bookstore on Jack London Square in Oakland, California. There he meets a young woman, freckled-faced Emily. They retire to his boat. “It’s just for tonight,” Emily says. “You want me. I want you. It's simple."

It turns out to be far from simple when Emily ends up dead and Jim is charged with her murder. With his own life in jeopardy he must find the killer. His quest takes a sharp turn when another woman is found dead, killed in an identical manner. There is no connection between this new victim and Emily or Wolf. The book is also an exploration into the character of the detective, Jim Wolf. Adopted as a child, he meets his birth mother and learns why he never wished to find her. He returns to his home in Connecticut and discovers a buried secret in his hometown's past.

Published by Krill Press in 2012 and available on Kindle from Amazon and audiobook from Downpour, Audible and Ambling Books.

Curse of the Chameleon

A dense fog smothers Jack London Square. A woman enters Big Emma's searching for Jim Wolf with the largest deep brown eyes he has ever seen.

I broke up with my husband,”she says. "Now he's stalking me.” Wolf follows her out into the fog only to discover that he is the one being stalked. And the client? Is she Judy? Or Susan? Does she have brown hair, blond hair, red hair, brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes? Wolf has no idea why he, the hunter, has suddenly become the prey of the chameleon.

To be published in 2014.

The Pink Tarantula

As the novel opens, Henrietta asks Crip to help her feed two dogs left in her care by her thug boyfriend Alvin presently residing at Pelican Bay Maximum Security Prison. She neglects to inform him that the dogs are 120 pound killers guarding an indoor pot plantation in West Oakland. Henrietta is attempting to clear out the pot without the knowledge of Alvin's backers, members of the local mafia. The mafia in the person of a Mr. Smith turns up leading to a series of adventures that become all the more harrowing once Alvin is released from prison.

Published by Perfect Crime and available on Kindle from Amazon and audiobook from Downpour, Audible and Ambling Books.


Ted Whitaker, a writer living in Southern Oregon, is contacted by Harry, an old friend of the Sixties. Now an eco-terrorist, he seeks to recruit him to aid in a plot to let loose a smallpox virus. Whitaker must stop him, or tens of thousands will die. But Harry is his friend, the closest he has ever had. Can he stop him and save Harry at the same time?

Published by Whiskey Creek Press and available on Kindle from Amazon and audiobook from Downpour, Audible and Ambling Books.

The Little Soldier is a story of treachery and betrayal. It begins in 1939 with the events that lead up to the assassination of Leon Trotsky and ends in 1969 as the Vietnam War rages on.

The Little Soldier is the tale of two mothers and two sons. Mara, whose husband was murdered by Stalin’s agents, has a son, the Little Soldier, who at age nine thinks it is his duty to protect her. Caridad gives her son to Stalin to be trained as an assassin. It's as if Kingsolver’s Lacuna were written with the plotting and atmosphere of LeCarré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.



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