Anonymous. The Mysteries and Miseries of San Francisco (1853) 208 pp.
A sprawling account “by a Californian” “showing up all the various characters and notabilities, (both in high and low life) that have figured in San Francisco since its settlement.” The San Francisco Committee of Vigilance and the Sydney Ducks play a prominent role in this tale, the earliest known San Francisco crime novel. Available in full text online:;idno=wright2-1776
Setting: San Francisco
Wright, L.H.  Amer. fiction, 1851-1875, 1776
Baird & Greenwood 1838