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Forget Deadwood, Dodge, and Tombstone, the biggest, baddest boomtown of the 1880s was San Diego, California. The attraction wasn’t gold or silver but cheap land, the promise of an oceanfront paradise where it never snows and rarely rains, and the too-good-to-be-true deals offered by local real estate merchants. In the wake of bona-fide settlers came the hucksters, con arti ...more
Paperback, 396 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Blank Slate Press
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Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anybody who's interested in history, mystery, and good writing is going to have a great time with Nemesis. It's sort of touted as a western (which wouldn't be my first genre choice) but there is so much charm and wit, good literary writing, characterization and most of all, a terrifically clever whodunit involved, that I was swept into a San Diego of the 1800's where Wyatt Earp and his lady Josie are just real life sweethearts with no blazing guns and no shoot'emups. I loved it! But there was pl ...more
James of the Redwoods
I have decided to not include a star rating on this book.

I enjoyed reading this book because it is set in late 19th century San Diego, California. Since I live in San Diego county, I am very familiar with the locations described.

There were, however, a few glitches that I found distracting. The dialog would occasionally slip into present day jargon and speech patterns that snapped me out of what was otherwise a plausible tale. I have noticed lately that this is a trend used in some television se
Susie James
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found a paperback Western at the Carrollton, Miss., library not long ago and decided I'd try and see if I could read Joe Yogerst's "novel of old California". Indeedy -- a well-done historical novel with that twist, not quite a spaghetti type Western or mystery...I plodded along with the old style newspapermen and women and "photogs" rather neatly, as I AM one. Not quite that old, but I could relate to a lot of the shared lore. I shouldn't say, maybe, but I shall: my suspicions wore borne out.. ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Set in old San Diego in the early 1900s, I found the description of the town and environs to be real and the characters mostly well-drawn. With plenty of familiar faces (ie, Wyatt Earp, who lived in San Diego for some time; Kate Sessions; Horton) and true details probably known mostly to natives, the book kept me interested. Unfortunately, I could see the ending coming a mile away and it's outlandishly predictable. For those reasons, I don't particularly recommend the book. ...more
Michael Gardner
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Must read for any fans of historical fiction. That said certainly don't need to be a fan of any particular genre to appreciate this well written mystery. Books are only as good as their endings and the author wrapped this one up beautifully. Thanks for a great read. When do we get the sequel?
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really interesting read, did not want to put down. History of San Diego late 1800s murder mystery enticingly intermingled w historical fact and fiction. Wyatt Earp after Tombstone AZ, Alonzo Horton and Kate Session’s influences on the businesses and horticulture of San Diego. Delightfully interesting. Book Group May 2019
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During three decades as an editor, writer, photographer and speaker, Joe Yogerst has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Islands magazine, the International Herald Tribune in Paris, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, and 37 National Geographic books including the best-selling "50 States, ...more

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