Kevin J. Mullen

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Kevin J. Mullen (October 7, 1935 in San Francisco – April 18, 2011 in Novato, California) was an American crime writer.


Mulen served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served with the San Francisco Police Department, from 1959 to 1985, reaching the rank of deputy chief.[1] He has written in magazines and newspapers (The San Francisco Chronicle)[2] on criminal justice issues.



  • SFPD Homicide Case Fil e: Introduction for The Body in the Bay, produced by Paul Drexler and Julie Marsh
  • Let Justice Be Done: Crime and Politics in Early San Francisco. University of Nevada Press. July 1995. ISBN 0-87417-146-6. 
  • Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000. Palgrave Macmillan. August 2005. ISBN 1-4039-6978-7. 
  • The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stories From Old San Francisco. Noir Publications. July 2005. ISBN 0-926664-09-3. 
  • Chinatown Squad: Policing the Dragon From the Gold Rush to the 21st Century. Noir Publications. August 2008. ISBN 978-0-926664-10-4. 

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  • The Egg Man's Son. Publishing, Incorporated. September 2009. ISBN 978-1-60264-463-2. 


Mr. Mullen clearly demonstrated that crime and violence in the city were not so much a consequence of the wild rush for gold but the conflict created by disparate groups with different values occupying the same space. His new book, which reflects more than a decade of research, develops a similar theme but over a century and a half. The breadth and depth of the study is spectacular and should firmly establish Kevin Mullen as the authority on crime and violence in San Francisco. At the same time, the book is full of interesting anecdotes and colorful descriptions that could hardly be surpassed by a detective novel.[3]


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  2. ^ "SFGate Search Results for Kevin+J.+Mullen". The San Francisco Chronicle. September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Roger D. McGrath. "Criminal Aliens". The San Francisco Chronicle. 

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