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San Francisco By Night

Three novelists tackle the city’s hard-boiled side in these new short stories about crime and grime, set across the city’s past, present and future.


Once Sam Spade embarked on his quest for the Maltese Falcon, San Francisco became a hard-boiled, noir fiction setting. Maybe it’s the interplay of darkness and light in our foggy hills. Maybe it’s our cast of fortune seekers, radicals, sailors and fugitives. Whatever it is, noir sums up our city, with its chiaroscuro mix of what a 19th-century preacher called “degenerate descendants of unworthy sires” to the side of the spotlight. And whether that light emanates from a neon bar sign in the 1940s in the International Settlement, a cold dawn in today’s North Beach or the blinding lure of our high-tech future, it always casts a shadow. Find out what lurks there.

A Night on the Town by Kelli Stanley

Wondering Where to Go by Michael J. Cooper

Plant Peeple by Samuel Sattin


Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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