"While lively and chock-full of eye-opening tidbits, the book's simultaneous coverage of firefighting history, Twain and Sawyer's relationship, and crooked political alliances, along with its zigzagging timeline, threaten to deluge readers with details."
True-crime veteran Graysmith (The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower
, 2010, etc.) uses Mark Twain's most famous character as a springboard for exploring San Francisco's rocky beginnings as a boomtown plagued with crime.
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