|Wohlforth has created three
series characters for his short stories and novels:
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
writes that it is "just the right combination of
humor, mystery, murder, detectives and just
plain people, living their lives in a
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
(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."
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.
THE JIM WOLF TRILOGY
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.
No Time To
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 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
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
To be published
OTHER CRIME NOVELS
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
Published by Whiskey
Creek Press and available on Kindle from Amazon and audiobook
from Downpour, Audible and Ambling Books.
WORK IN PROGRESS
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.