Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Lost Gold of San Francisco Hardcover – Dec 2003


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
CDN$ 47.10 CDN$ 5.56

2014 Books Gift Guide
Thug Kitchen, adapted from the wildly popular web site beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow ("This might be my favorite thing ever"), is featured in our 2014 Books Gift Guide. More gift ideas


Hero Quick Promo
Boxing Day Kindle Deals
Load your library with over 30 popular fiction books and more, today only. Learn more

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: 21st Century Pub (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972262415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972262415
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of historical fiction. But as the former editor of San Francisco's city magazine, I'm picky when it comes to stories set in SF. The romance, the history, the twists and turns and exotic corners of the city invite mystery writers, but a story can't just be 'set' in San Francisco, it has to be saturated with the feel, the sounds, the air. Michael Castleman delivers it all with a well-crafted plot that draws on the minted gold wealth upon which the city was founded...and the shaky fault-ridden ground that gave way in the catastrophes of 1906 and 1989. A tough-minded reporter of the breed that once made the city famous (Mark Twain penned much of his work a short walk from the famous San Francisco Mint which is at the center of Castleman's novel), pursues the story of the mysterious lost gold and in the course of his investigation almost...ok, no spoilers. San Francisco has delivered some of the greatest mystery writers, and Castleman seems ready to join their ranks. (An added bonus: those who know the city well will love matching up some of the books most colorful characters with their famous and notorious real life counterparts.)
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Hardcover
A friend gave me a signed 1st edition of this book. I live in the East Bay, and she knew I wouldn't be able to resist a true story set so close to home, San Francisco. The story spans two eras. The first is April, 1906, San Francisco's golden era in every sense of the word; a fortune in gold coins was set loose - and then came the earthquake.
The book then jumps forward to 1989, and history turns to mystery and murder.
Much more than it seems at first glance, The Lost Gold of San Francisco is a poem of grace to a city both past and present that the author obviously holds dear.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Hardcover
Michael Castleman's expert prose makes the past as appealing as the present--and his characters compelling and authentic. The Lost Gold is a love story to the author's city of San Francisco, and a terrific contribution to the genre of historical fiction. Even if you don't like mysteries, this book's for you!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 8 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Tightly plotted, colorful, historical/mystery, a winner! May 7 2003
By Cato Sapiens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of historical fiction. But as the former editor of San Francisco's city magazine, I'm picky when it comes to stories set in SF. The romance, the history, the twists and turns and exotic corners of the city invite mystery writers, but a story can't just be 'set' in San Francisco, it has to be saturated with the feel, the sounds, the air. Michael Castleman delivers it all with a well-crafted plot that draws on the minted gold wealth upon which the city was founded...and the shaky fault-ridden ground that gave way in the catastrophes of 1906 and 1989. A tough-minded reporter of the breed that once made the city famous (Mark Twain penned much of his work a short walk from the famous San Francisco Mint which is at the center of Castleman's novel), pursues the story of the mysterious lost gold and in the course of his investigation almost...ok, no spoilers. San Francisco has delivered some of the greatest mystery writers, and Castleman seems ready to join their ranks. (An added bonus: those who know the city well will love matching up some of the books most colorful characters with their famous and notorious real life counterparts.)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
For lovers of mystery and San Francisco March 25 2003
By Robin Wolaner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book because I heard the author speak and I'd liked his nonfiction -- I don't usually read mysteries. But I ended up staying up late until I finished it. The San Francisco details are vivid and evocative, and the mystery has so many twists and turns. Loved it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gold Fever in 2 eras April 27 2003
By Peggy Vincent - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A friend gave me a signed 1st edition of this book. I live in the East Bay, and she knew I wouldn't be able to resist a true story set so close to home, San Francisco. The story spans two eras. The first is April, 1906, San Francisco's golden era in every sense of the word; a fortune in gold coins was set loose - and then came the earthquake.
The book then jumps forward to 1989, and history turns to mystery and murder.
Much more than it seems at first glance, The Lost Gold of San Francisco is a poem of grace to a city both past and present that the author obviously holds dear.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book. Love the Mixture of San Francisco History with fiction. Sept. 21 2007
By M. Soon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you grew up in San Francisco, this is a must read. It takes you through the history of San Francisco and the diverse neighborhoods that make up this wonderful city. Strung along with fictional events, this book rounds out the wonderful story the author has written.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
History+Mystery=A Great Read April 30 2003
By M. Maran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Michael Castleman's expert prose makes the past as appealing as the present--and his characters compelling and authentic. The Lost Gold is a love story to the author's city of San Francisco, and a terrific contribution to the genre of historical fiction. Even if you don't like mysteries, this book's for you!


Feedback