Murder Loves Company
by John Mersereau (J.B. Lippincott, 1940)
Jacket signed: Bevans
The earliest known mystery novel to feature the Golden Gate Bridge, albeit in abstract form. Ironically, the central action of the novel takes place on Treasure Island during the 1939-1940 Golden Gate International Exposition, which, of course, was reached by the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Indeed, a major plot development actually occurs on the Bay Bridge, demonstrating that even in the infancy of the Bay's two bridges, it was the Golden Gate Bridge that was quickly developing into the iconic image of the region.