Wolf meets Susan
Henry. She is being stalked by a professional killer she
calls Red. Red succeeds in murdering her and then seeks
to take out his only witness, Wolf. Wolf, in turn, must
discover Red's boss. Wolf's hunt leads him to tangle
with a lesbian motorcycle gang and battle a helicopter
in the desert. He discovers the truth at an old mission
in California's Central Valley.
Here's the opening lines
Jim Wolf hears the dolorous braying of the foghorn off the estuary as he makes his way across the promenade toward the shimmering
orange glow of Big Emma's. A thick fog has swallowed up Jack London Square. It leaves him no space. Beads of moisture drip down
his face. He feels a cloud of white pressing in on his face like a down pillow. He has a client to see. A private eye has to
take what he can get. Can't panic. He trudges on towards the bar. He blinks, adjusting his eyes, as he passes through the black
wrought-iron gates of the Nineteenth Century building.
No Time to Mourn ...
Lori polishes the mahogany surface of the bar, her platinum blond ponytail bobbing up and down. She looks up. "She's back
there,"Lori gestures with her head toward a shape bent over a drink at the end of the bar. Hardly human. More like a bundle
of black clothes someone had left on the barstool. "Someone shot her husband. He died in her arms." Wolf asks, "So what
can I do? I'm pretty good but I don't bring back the dead." Lori answers, "Keep her alive. She says the same killer is
after her now."
What the Writers Have to Say:
"Like a great twelve-bar
blues--the comfort of a familiar form jazzed by a fresh key and an
exciting new voice."
--Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Persuader
and The Enemy
gives us a tale that surgically examines the societal forces that shape
our world while providing the pulse-stopping suspense that is the
hallmark of the finest detective novels."
--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of Masquerade
and The Coil
"A dark gem of a crime novel."
--Jeremiah Healy, author of Spiral and The Only Good Lawyer
"Non-stop action leading to a really
--Rhys Bowen, author of Evan's Gate and the Molly Murphy series
"They say noir fiction is a creature of
the 1940s, but Tim Wohlforth gives it new life in his chilling No
Time To Mourn."
--Roger L. Simon, author and screenwriter of The Big Fix
What the Critics Have to Say:
Midwest Book Review, Shirley Johnson
I love a mystery that has the savor of the old TV shows such as Magnum
PI, the kind where the private eye is street smart, smooth and real to
life. That's what I found in my read of No Time To Mourn.
No Time To Mourn is a
mystery written with a flare from the past mixed with the present. It is
a story that shows how greed overshadows the preservation of life and it
is a story that brings out inward emotions as we watch Wolf work through
his own fears of personal involvements with those who love him. If you
want to read a good mystery with a slice of personal struggles with the
main character, this one is for you. Very good job.
Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine,
No Time to Mourn is a
terrific start to a series. Wolf is a low-key, introspective kind of PI.
No flash or long rants about moral codes and missions. He's a loner, and
his work, his relationship to Lori, and even his home are merely a
function of that. Here's to more of the same.
Thrilling Detective, Dale Stoyer
Tim Wohlforth's first private eye novel, No Time To Mourn,
is a good balance between action and investigation. There's even a
little time for reflection, as when his protagonist laments the
sometimes-sedentary nature of investigative work: "Somehow sitting in
front of a computer seemed like just the desk job I thought I could
avoid by being a private eye. Yet, I found I was spending more time
these days in front of a computer screen than wearing down the gum on my
But fortunately for action fans,
Oakland-based P.I. Jim Wolf doesn't get much time for relaxation in his
novel-length debut (after appearing in several published short stories).
Jim Wolf is not a cookie-cutter caricature
of a hard-boiled private eye, and comes off as human and fallible. The
supporting cast is well-realized and engaging and the action drives the
plot without taking it over. An interesting mystery that doesn't fall
victim to cutesy twists, but entertains right to the bittersweet end.