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Tales of Placerville:
Booksellers to the Savage West

by Perry Bradford-Wilson
In 1849 writers Jed Bradford and Jack Norris embark on an odyssey through the wild west, headed for Gold Rush California - not to mine for gold, but to mine for stories. With the help of the wonderful & funny folks of Placerville, Jed and Jack become the old west's first detectives, engage in a perilous race against the warlords of the Central Pacific Railroad, brave the deadly snows of the Sierra Nevada, and discover that a ghost town may actually have some resident spooks.. Enter Discount Code #B5H4HGVW at Check Out to get 10% OFF!

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NEWS - BOOK SIGNING EVENT NOV. 19th!

A Tales of Placerville BOOK SIGNING EVENT will take place on Saturday, November 19th, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Placerville News Company, 409 Main Street, in Placerville, CA.

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The Heart of the Gold Rush

Placerville was the 3rd largest city in California in 1854 (after San Francisco and Sacramento... Los Angeles was 15th). Thousands came looking for elusive gold, every sort of character you can imagine; Mustache afficionado Mister Halliwell... Doc Hollander, who likes to feel people's heads... Tom Ashton; miner, gambler, saloon-keeper, lawyer, doctor and barber... French Capitaine Jean-Claude D'Autrefois... Bad Luck Casey... man-of-all-trades Ah Moon... Seven-foot giant "Nugget" Dravot... the woman who poses as a man, Almost Bill... pie-maker Constance Flannery... wiley salesman Fox Reynard... and, of course, Jed and Jack, The Bookstore Boys. All of them have one thing in common: Old Hangtown is their home. Their stories begin in the first Tales of Placerville book, Booksellers to the Savage West. The first Tales include:

I. The Way West (1849)
In which our heroes find a way to go west.
II. Off To See The Elephant (1849)
In which our heroes cross a continent.
III. Welcome to Hangtown (1849)
In which we arrive in Placerville and everyone takes an involuntary trip to the underworld.
IV. A Murder In Hangtown (1850)
In which a murder is committed and a hanging is prevented.
V. The Great Fire of 1856 (1856)
In which the play’s the thing, and the spirit of men, women & players is tested by the holocaust.
VI.The Amazing Race (1864)
In which an amazing race against the railroad warlords determines the fate of a community.
VII. A Hundred Miles In Norwegian Shoes (1867)
In which a book is respected, it returns the favor, and something long overdue is discovered.
IX. Adventures with Tom and Cornelius (1884)
In which, sadly, no dinner is obtained.
IX. The Ghost Town (1898)
In which a legacy is rediscovered.
X. The Search For El Dorado (1899)
In which little people are big, and the only true road to treasure is found.

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