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Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer and the Mysterious Fires that Baptized Gold-Rush Era San Francisco
 
 
Author
Robert Graysmith.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780307720566
Pages/Publication Date 269/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43101
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In this first biography of the real-life Tom Sawyer—a friend of Sam Clemens's during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter in the 1860s—the author of Zodiac and Auto Focus introduces us to the firefighter who inspired one of Mark Twain's most famous characters. The book is also a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist, who for 18 months terrorized the Gold Rush city of San Francisco with a series of six devastating fires.

"A wild and woolly tale ... [that] conjures up a city of fire, gold, glory and ignominy, along with larger-than-life citizens, adding a valuable chapter to San Francisco's already rich history and legend."—SFChronicle

 
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