Lee Davis Willoughby. The Barbary Coasters
(1983) 333 pp. [pbo]
Publisher’s description: “Jean LeClair was a dangerous man, a convicted
murderer who ruled [San Francisco’s] Barbary Coast with an iron fist, destroying
anything that stood in his path, leaving countless victims in his wake.
When young Beau Ashton, a battle-scarred Southern aristocrat, came to this
savage country in 1862 with his beautiful fiancée, Amoreena, he
found himself at odds with the all-powerful despot. Challenging the might
of the infamous LeClair, Beau was soon caught up in a brutal struggle for
life, land and love that would climax in a towering passion, and change
for all time the face of the wild Barbary Coast.” The 36th volume in the
author’s The Making of America Series.