If anyone out there is obsessed with the history of San Francisco, here’s another book you need.
Short, documented accounts of criminal behavior from pre-gold rush days up to the 1930s give a different insight to the growth and development of the city and its police force. As seen in retrospect from a lawman’s point of view, some of these cases make evident shabby and sometimes outrageous resolutions to past crimes, but that, too, is part of the book’s attraction. Though not an adventurous “Western,” this work dissects the unique character and attitudes of a city that’s about as far west as you can get. Let’s call it a study of early urban outlaws.