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Goodnight, San Francisco Paperback – 12 Feb 2014
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About the Author
H. P. Oliver began his career with a degree in journalism from San Jose State University and spent the next twenty-some years writing award-winning entertainment and educational media. Now he applies his creativity and imagination to writing historical mysteries. About mystery writing, Oliver says, "To be truly engrossing, a mystery needs a little meat on its bones—something more than just figuring out who done the evil deed. Taking a story back in time or even basing it on actual historical events is a great way to endow a good yarn with even more color and depth. Historical periods and locations give the writer an opportunity to take most readers where they've never been before." H. P. Oliver lives in northern California and spends much of his time working on projects throughout the western states. In addition to his love of history, Oliver's interests range from vintage film to restoring classic cars. For more about H. P. Oliver and his mysteries in history, visit his website at www.HPOliver.com.
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H.P. Oliver effortlessly manages to pick the reader up and successfully transport them to back to San Francisco in the 1930s in this fast-paced historical thriller/mystery. Congratulations' Mr Oliver, Once again I fell in love with the deep descriptive landmarks, automobiles and the remarkable era of the early twentieth century and recommend the wonderful visualizations that depict this era on H.P. Oliver's website.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
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One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book, is how the author transports you to 1937 San Francisco. Contemporary news from the time period immerse you into a 1937 frame of mind. For instance, news about Amelia Earhart's progress, facts about the newly built Golden Gate Bridge, and playoff results for the New York Giants are woven into the narrative. As Atkins collects clues, we ride around San Francisco in his 1934 Ford; visiting a car dealership, a fire station, a general store, and other sites. We also visit his favorite restaurants, complete with 40-cent meals and hand-lettered menus.
While the historical details are immersive, they do not slow down the narrative drive. Chapters are briskly paced and keep you guessing right through the end of the book. I look forward to reading more of H.P. Oliver's books.
San Francisco radio news reporter Parker Atkins is an ex cop and an ex drunk, that still has a taste for a mystery.
A man who is dating out of his league and perhaps investigating a murder out of his league.
While one of the things I enjoyed most about Oliver's books is the fantastic description of Los Angeles and surrounding area in the late 1920's through the early 1940's, in this book, Oliver shows that his knowledge of CA cities isn't limited to LA.
He is just as knowledgeable about old San Francisco.
Since I have read all the books, I am writing a review of each book, but some of the things I enjoyed about H. P. Oliver's writing will be mentioned again in each review.
What happens next will chill your blood and lead Parker on a quest to solve a murder.
Ride with Parker as he plunges headlong into danger, risking his life to help the next victim before it's too late.