Book Review: Notorious San Francisco

Title: Notorious San Francisco

Author: Paul Drexler

Narrator: Tom Jordan

Link: https://www.audible.com/pd/Notorious-San-Francisco-Audiobook/B07VFL4FRS

Summary

San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Its Barbary coast was called “a unique criminal district that was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but it possessed more glamour, than any other area on the American continent.” 

Notorious San Francisco brings back the glamorous depravity and noir atmosphere that made it the premier location for murder thrillers like The Maltese Falcon, Vertigo, and Zodiac

This book contains more than 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, con-men, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries. San Franciscan criminals were as colorful as the city they inhabited. Take William Thoreson, a murderous millionaire who hid the nation’s largest private armory in his Pacific Heights mansion. Then there’s Isabella Martin, the murderous “Queen of Grudges” who tried to poison an entire town, or Ethan McNabb and Lloyd Sampsell, the “Yacht Bandits”, who used a luxurious sloop as a getaway vehicle for their dozens of bank robberies. 

Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still mysteries today, including the mysterious tale of the Zodiac Killer, complete with a new analysis and a startling new theory on the murder.

My Review

4/5 Stars

An interesting collection about twenty different serial killers. A lot of these were tales that I haven’t heard much about before, and I’m an avid true crime fan. I never realized quite how dangerous of a city San Francisco was before, but after this audiobook, it’s definitely one for the books.

Narration was nicely done.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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