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“Ten hours before Fred Klein killed a rich young woman and two days before he appeared on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle, he learned that he had high cholesterol.”

That’s the opening of Larry Hill’s book “Philanthropist,” about a 75-year-old Jewish philanthropist who kills a young woman in a hit-and-run accident. The remainder of the book is about Klein’s “encounters with the medical, legal and political establishments in San Francisco,” according to Hill. “Primarily, it’s a story about aging.”

High cholesterol? Hill, an internist who had a private practice in Eureka, served 16 years as a regional medical officer with the State Department, and now volunteers teaching medical students at UCSF (his alma mater). No doubt he has plenty of expertise on the medical and human issues he writes about in his first novel.

“Philanthropist” by Larry Hill (255 pages, CreateSpace Independent Publishing)


Can a pure intellect without physical form find happiness in the physical world? That question is pondered in David Wolf’s first novel, “Mindclone,” which he describes as “near-future science fiction.” The book “explores looming advances in cognitive computing and neural networks, and what it means to be human even if you don’t have a body,” according to Wolf, who lives in San Carlos.

“Mindclone: When You’re a Brain Without a Body, Can You Still Be Called Human?” by David T. Wolf (322 pages, CreateSpace Independent Publishing)


San Carlos resident Alan Fleishman has just published his third novel, “Lara’s Shadow.” It is a post–World War II love story about a Jewish Army officer and a German woman. The setting is Germany, where Eli Schneider, a lieutenant in the Army, meets Lara Kohler, a nice German girl he falls for — despite his hate for Germans.

“Lara’s Shadow” by Alan Fleishman (250 pages, B. Bennett Press)