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Black Fire

The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco
Graysmith, Robert (Book - 2012 )
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Black Fire


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First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.
Authors: Graysmith, Robert
Title: Black fire
the true story of the original Tom Sawyer--and of the mysterious fires that baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 268 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. The man who burned down San Francisco : December 24, 1849-September 16, 1850. Broderick and the Christmas Eve catastrophe ; Sawyer ; Sleep runners and flying houses ; Broderick's rogues ; Rainbow rivers of gold and silver
Pt. 2. The lightkeeper : September 17, 1850-June 22, 1851. Tug-of-war ; The melting house ; The lodger ; The golden ring
Pt. 3. Steaming with Twain and Sawyer : May 26, 1863-December 16, 1866. Steamers ; The fire girl ; Let us build a city
Summary: First biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.
ISBN: 0307720586
9780307720580
030772056X
9780307720566
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