Boonville, Robert Mailer Anderson -
This is a hell of an entertaining story about the wild country just a few hours north of San Francisco. It starts of a little hackneyed, but then really picks up into a rolling tale that's hard to put down.

I bought this book after we drove through Boonville on the way to Elk. I had briefly heard the author interviewed on the radio, but didn't know too much about the book. When we stopped in Boonville, however, I asked a local merchant if this was the town that the book was named for. She recoiled like I'd slapped her. Without answering my question, she replied, "that's just a work of fiction! It's not really about the town. I knew then that I had to read it.