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The Wedge of Gold   By: (1832-1917)

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The Wedge of Gold by C. C. (Charles Carroll) Goodwin is a riveting historical novel that transports readers back to the mid-1800s in the vibrant city of San Francisco. This captivating tale intertwines elements of mystery, crime, and romance, offering a truly immersive reading experience.

Set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, Goodwin skillfully weaves together a tale of greed, ambition, and betrayal. The story follows the journey of young Thomas Fraser, a fearless and intelligent detective working for the San Francisco Police Department. When a priceless wedge of gold, rumored to be capable of granting the possessor a lifetime of wealth and power, is stolen from a prominent businessman, Fraser is tasked with solving the case.

Goodwin impressively recreates the bustling atmosphere of 19th-century San Francisco, depicting the gritty streets lined with gambling dens, saloons, and mysterious establishments. The author's attention to detail is evident in his vivid descriptions of the city's architecture, its diverse population, and the socio-political climate of the era. Through crisp and evocative prose, readers are transported into a world teeming with both hope and despair, where fortune seekers and opportunists are drawn together in their relentless pursuit of the yellow metal.

The characters in The Wedge of Gold are skillfully crafted, each possessing unique traits and motivations that add depth and complexity to the narrative. Thomas Fraser, with his sharp mind and unwavering determination, emerges as a compelling protagonist. His quest to retrieve the stolen wedge of gold leads him into a treacherous landscape of deception, where he must navigate an intricate web of lies and intrigue to uncover the truth.

Goodwin adeptly balances the gripping mystery at the heart of the story with elements of romance and personal growth. The blossoming relationship between Fraser and Elizabeth, the daughter of the kidnapped merchant, adds a touch of tenderness to the narrative amidst the chaos and danger. Their love story unfolds against the backdrop of a corrupt society, highlighting the stark contrast between goodness and immorality.

The plot of The Wedge of Gold is meticulously constructed, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers engaged from start to finish. Goodwin's adept handling of suspense and pacing ensures that the story never loses momentum, propelling the reader forward with each new revelation and discovery. The complexity of the plot reflects the author's skill in crafting a multi-layered narrative that explores themes of trust, loyalty, and the corrupting power of wealth.

Overall, The Wedge of Gold is a masterfully written historical novel that seamlessly blends elements of mystery, historical accuracy, and romance. C. C. Goodwin's captivating storytelling and meticulous attention to detail make this book an engaging and satisfying read for fans of historical fiction. With its richly developed characters, immersive setting, and a gripping plot, The Wedge of Gold is sure to captivate readers and leave them yearning for more from this talented author.

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I. The Mineral Kingdom

II. Indications

III. Making Money at $4 per day

IV. Smiles and Tears

V. The Voyage

VI. Bonanzas

VII. A Dinner Party

VIII. Ways that are Dark

IX. How Miners are Caught

X. Enchantment

XI. Going to Epsom Downs

XII. Westminster Abbey

XIII. Two Kinds of Sorrow

XIV. Tears and Orange Flowers

XV. Sinister Successes

XVI. A Trip to Africa

XVII. On Their Travels

XVIII. The Soul in Clay

XIX. The Wedge of Gold

XX. The Occident and the Orient Meet

XXI. Shipping a Quartz Mill

XXII. A Lost Trail Discovered

XXIII. Back to England

XXIV. Dealing in Mining Shares

XXV. A Wedge of Gold Indeed

XXVI. Fever Visions

XXVII. Selling Stock Short

XXVIII. Convalescent

XXIX. Springing a Trap

XXX. Grand Opera

XXXI. Marriage Bells

XXXII. Fruition




The splendor of the world is due to mining and to the perfectness of man's ability to work the minerals which the mines supply... Continue reading book >>

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