An evening with award-winning Russian River Writer John McCarty. John will read from his most recent historical novel: Hunting Ground: The Forgotten Story of Cazadero.
Hunting Ground: The Forgotten Story of Cazadero is based on the true story of divine healing evangelists who square off against moonshiners in 1890s along the lower reaches of the Russian River.
George Montgomery was a two-fisted drinker, seducer, and a member of San Francisco’s Bohemian Club. His connection with the fraternity prompted him in 1888 to purchase a small logging town along the Russian River in rural Sonoma County, naming it Cazadero. With a world-renowned evangelist as his bride, he changed his ways and sought to abolish alcohol in the area. Country bumpkins, moonshiners, and good ol’ boys, however, had a different take on how things should move forward. Sinners squared off against Bible thumpers with fate deciding the fatal blow.