WorldCat Identities

Wilcox, Collin

Works: 110 works in 378 publications in 8 languages and 14,272 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Performer
Classifications: PS3573.I395, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Collin Wilcox
Twospot by Bill Pronzini( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nameless and Lieutenant Frank Hastings combine their investigations of a harrowing case of murder and bizarre conspiracy surrounding an old California wine-making family
Doctor, lawyer ... by Collin Wilcox( Book )

14 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and French and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hastings chases a serial killer whose deranged letters hold a city for ransom The doctor comes through his front door as he always does, a bundle of mail in hand. He's about to walk up the stairs when the bullet passes through his back, puncturing his heart and leaving him dead in his front hall. By the time Lieutenant Frank Hastings arrives, rigor mortis has set in, and the doctor's body rolls easily away from the wall. Pinned beneath him is a note that begins, "Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief . . ." Pay $100,000, writes "the Masked Man," or a lawyer will be the next to die. There are too many lawyers in San Francisco to protect them all, and as Hastings and his team hunt for the Masked Man, the city is whipped into a frenzy of fear. As the killer's demands mount, the homicide department starts to wonder'after the merchant is killed, will the chief of police be next'
A death before dying by Collin Wilcox( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 2015 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old friend is murdered, and Hastings will do anything he can to avenge her. When Frank Hastings knew Meredith Powell, she was a gawky ten-year-old without a care in the world. More than two decades later, she has grown into a stunning beauty -- but the gleam in her eye is gone. Over lunch, Meredith confesses that she lives in terror of her emotionally abusive boyfriend, a possessive, rage-filled man named Charles. Hastings, a homicide lieutenant with the San Francisco police department, offers to help her escape. She refuses, and they part ways -- unaware that Charles
Hiding place by Collin Wilcox( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating a grisly murder in the park, Lieutenant Hastings finds that the victim had some secrets of her own San Francisco{u2019}s first murder of the year takes more than two weeks to come, but when it does, it{u2019}s ugly. June Towers is seventeen, a high school senior just six months from graduation, when the police find her dead in the park. She{u2019}s lovely, in the patchwork jeans and rainbow palette favored by the city{u2019}s youth, but her hair is matted with blood. Was the murderer a mugger, a rapist, a serial killer{u2014}or someone the young girl called a friend? In search of answers, Lieutenant Frank Hastings digs into June{u2019}s past and finds that she was many things to many people. Her mother thought she was a good girl{u2014}a fine student with a future{u2014}but to a certain class of her peers, June Towers was something else altogether. Hastings has little time to come to grips with this strange personality before another good girl turns up dead
Aftershock by Collin Wilcox( Book )

16 editions published between 1974 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the sake of his lover, Hastings risks his career and chases a stalker. For the past few weeks, Lieutenant Frank Hastings's girlfriend has sensed that she was being watched. They are on their way home from a too-chic party when Hastings spots something moving in the bushes -- a shadowy figure who appears to have a gun. He should call for backup; he should stay in the car. But to protect Ann, this detective is willing to risk everything. After a chase, Hastings apprehends the lurker, but what he thought was a gun turns out to be a shotgun mike. Is someone recording Ann?
Hire a hangman by Collin Wilcox( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lieutenant Hastings of San Francisco investigates the murder of the head of the transplant team at San Francisco's Barrington Medical Center
Dead center by Collin Wilcox( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lt. Frank Hastings of the San Francisco police department investigates the murder of a millionaire by a homeless street person
Long way down by Collin Wilcox( Book )

14 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A John Doe murder spurs Hastings to confront the leader of a Satanic cult. For homicide lieutenant Frank Hastings, the day starts with an assassination attempt. During a rally in San Francisco's Civic Center, someone takes a potshot at the governor, sending the whole of downtown into chaos. Once he has taken control of the scene, Hastings chases down the gunman -- a Mexican immigrant with a political bent -- and captures him after a tense standoff. Miraculously, no one is killed. But Hastings's long day is just getting started. He's barely had time to catch his brea
Bernhardt's edge by Collin Wilcox( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A moonlighting director finds his sideline more dangerous than he expected Alan Bernhardt is just starting rehearsal when his pager goes off. No one in the small San Francisco theater minds{u2014}they know that to make it on the stage, you have to be prepared to do all sorts of odd jobs off of it. But this director{u2019}s job is odder than most. He works for Herbert Dancer, head of a boutique private investigation service. A corporate secretary has vanished with a sheaf of valuable documents, and it will take an off-Broadway sensibility to bring her home. Bernhardt is just closing in on the woman and her boyfriend when he learns that she isn{u2019}t running for a profit, but for her life. To save her from the men who hired him, Bernhardt must find her and protect her{u2014}because his artistic vision does not include blood on his hands
Stalking horse by Collin Wilcox( Book )

9 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A senator{u2019}s life is in danger{u2014}and anyone in San Francisco could be a killer Senate majority leader Donald Ryan is a kingmaker, with the power to make or break presidencies, and the ability to reshape the country with a flick of his pen. He is also a very sick man, recovering from a heart attack that must be kept secret at all costs. But when a series of death threats jeopardizes his planned return to public life, the FBI calls in San Francisco police lieutenant Frank Hastings to find the would-be assassin. He has one week until the senator{u2019}s next public appearance{u2014}and hundreds of thousands of possible suspects. Because Ryan{u2019}s recent heart attack is considered a state secret, Hastings is forced to withhold crucial details from his fellow detectives. Any degree of stress could stop the senator{u2019}s fragile heart, which means that even if a bullet misses, the sound of the gunshot might be enough to kill him. To save the lawmaker, Hastings may have to put himself in the line of fire
Full circle by Collin Wilcox( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The San Francisco actor and part-time sleuth, Alan Bernhardt, is hired by a millionaire who has stolen works of art and wants to return them so as to save his reputation. Problem is, returning stolen goods is oftentimes harder than stealing them. By the author of Find Her a Grave
Mankiller by Collin Wilcox( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After a concert, a goddess of rock is shot dead backstage It's the finest performance of Rebecca Carlton's career. The show is dedicated to her father, and the most famous woman in rock does everything she can to honor him. She gives the crowd at San Francisco's Cow Palace arena four encores before finally retiring backstage. The applause is still thundering through the stadium when Rebecca Carlton is shot dead. Lieutenant Frank Hastings has been fighting with his girlfriend when he gets the call. Their idol dead, Rebecca's fans refuse to disperse from the amphitheater, and a riot seems imminent. It takes a special plea from David Behr, the singer's producer and former husband, to convince the audience to go home. As the crowd files out, Hastings turns to the body. Rebecca Carlton may have been a star, but there was nothing glamorous about her murder
Except for the bones by Collin Wilcox( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Teenaged Diane Cutler saw her hated stepfather, Preston Daniels, drag the corpse of his weekend bimbette out of her family's Cape Cod summer home; saw him load the corpse and a shovel into his car. Then she and her boyfriend followed him, in the dark, out to the town landfill...Now, abruptly, her boyfriend-who'd had the bright idea of blackmailing Daniels-is very brutally, very messily and very, very dead"--Jacket
Calculated risk by Collin Wilcox( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In California, Lieutenant Hastings investigates the death of a blackmailer who was threatening to reveal the homosexuality of a politician. The politician, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, is not cooperating and has powerful friends. By the author of Full Circle
Power plays by Collin Wilcox( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lieutenant Frank Hastings, San Francisco Homicide, is finishing dinner when the phone rings. There's been a traffic accident: a minor fender bender between a Buick and a Mercedes, nothing serious. But the driver of the Buick and a passenger had run away from the scene, leaving their automobile to snarl traffic hopelessly in the North Beach nightclub district--with the body of a murdered man in the car's back seat ... identified as Eliot Murdock ... a [former] syndicated Washington columnist and TV commentator"--Jacket
Find her a grave by Collin Wilcox( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The late Carlo Venezzio, Mafia capo di tutti capi, was respectably married to the only daughter of another Mafia boss -- but his real affections were reserved for a mistress, Janice. He and Janice had a daughter, Louise. Louise has a daughter, Angela. These things happen. And when they do, somebody has to provide for the children and grandchildren. Now Venezzio's dead, leaving a million dollars worth of gold coins and uncut diamonds buried behind the headstone of Janice's grave. His trusted lieutenant, Tony Bacardo, visits Louise and Angela, to pay his respects ... and to tell them about Carlo's legacy
The Pariah by Collin Wilcox( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A pious killer stalks the Tenderloin, hunting streetwalkers in the name of the Lord. After years of turning tricks and shooting junk, Amy has reached the end of the line. Heroin has wrecked her body, and her pimp is contemplating cutting her loose when she takes a client to the Bayside Hotel. The john asks her to turn around and undress, and as she slips out of her clothes for the thousandth time, he places his hands around her neck and starts to squeeze. San Francisco Homicide does not rush to investigate the death of a hooker. Although Lieutenant Frank Hastings do
Switchback by Collin Wilcox( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lt. Hastings investigates the death of Lisa Franklin, a young woman who lived a life of blackmail and drugs behind a façade of wealth and respectability
The watcher by Collin Wilcox( Book )

7 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a fishing trip with his estranged son, Hastings comes under attack Lieutenant Frank Hastings checks his gun at airport security so he can meet his son the moment the boy gets off the plane in San Francisco. After a year apart, he finds Darrell to be as moody and withdrawn as any other teenager, and prays that a fishing trip will bring them closer together. He is unaware that he and Darrell are about to experience the sort of bonding that only terror can provide. Before setting off on their vacation, they arrive at Hastings's apartment to find that a prowler has been lurking, but managed to escape before the police got there. When they reach the lakeside cabin, the watcher is already waiting, ready to take revenge on Hastings by targeting his child. To survive the ordeal, Hastings will have to trust Darrell in ways he never expected, and Darrell will have to become a man
Victims by Collin Wilcox( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and French and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigating an ex-cop{u2019}s death, Hastings gets drawn into a family conspiracy It was just after he made lieutenant that Frank Hastings told Charlie Quade to resign. They had known each other at the academy, and Quade was a rotten cop from day one. Dogged by rumors of corruption, Quade left without protest, eking out a living doing security work. When Hastings hears Quade has been shot dead, he doesn{u2019}t blink. The only surprise is the place the ex-cop died. Alexander Guest is one of the wealthiest lawyers in the city, and Hastings can{u2019}t understand why he would hire a thug like Quade to protect his grandson from the father-in-law who wants to kidnap him. When Quade{u2019}s body is found, the grandson is long gone, and the father-in-law is the natural suspect. But Hastings knows better than to trust the rich, and he refuses to accept the easy answer
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Alternative Names
Collin Wilcox Amerikaans scenarioschrijver (1924-1996)

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