Black Fire. Book

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Black Fire by Robert Graysmith. A true story of the original Tom Sawyer and the mysterious fires that baptized gold rush-era San Francisco. Mark Twin met Tom Sawyer at a local bathhouse in 1863 in San Francisco. Twain steamed, played cards, and drank beer with Sawyer – who was a volunteer firefighter, customs inspector and local hero responsible le for saving ninety-eight lives at sea. At the time Twain met Sawyer, there was a mysterious serial arsonist known by some as the Lightkeeper, who was in the process of burning San Francisco to the ground. Black Fire is a thorough and accurate account of Sawyer’s relationship with Mark Twain and of the devastating incendiary fires that baptized one of the modern world’s favorite cities. This true story is set amid scorched landscape of burning roads, melting iron warehouses, exploding buildings and deadly gangs who extorted and ruled by the fear. A never-before-told story of Sawyer’s heroism during the sinking of the steamship Independence and the crucial role Sawyer and the torch boys played in solving the mystery of the Lightkeeper. Author Robert Graysmith drew on archival sources such as the San Francisco newspaper, interviews with Sawyer and the handwritten notes of police depositions of the arrest of the Lightkeeper. Gaysmith vividly portrays the gritty, corrupt and violent world of the Gold Rush era. Black Fire details for the first time, Sawyer’s remarkable life and illustrates why Twain would later be compelled to name his iconic character in the Adventures’ of Tom Sawyer, after his San Francisco buddy. Hardbound. Pgs. 268. Book measures approximately 6 ½ inches wide X 9 ½ inches high.

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