The American River by Gary McCarthy
Sutter's Mill, where the first nugget was found, was driven by the American River and began the biggest migration of humans in the history of the world up to that time. Three hundred thousand flooded to California from all over the world...and with them came murder, theft, prostitution, and crime beyond the ken of most. Gary McCarthy is a historian who weaves history and fiction like no other author. Don't miss this great novel of California.