Hunting Ground:
The forgotten story of Cazadero


George Montgomery was a two-fisted drinker, seducer and a member of San Francisco’s Bohemian Club. His connections within the fraternity prompted him to purchase a small logging town along the lower reaches of the Russian River, naming it Cazadero. With a world renowned evangelist as his new bride, he changed his ways and sought to abolish alcohol in the area. Country bumpkins, moonshiners and good ol’ boys had a different take on how things should move forward. Sinners squared off against Bible-thumpers with fate deciding the fatal blow.


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Praise & Reviews



National winner for best historical fiction!
San Francisco Book Festival
“A crafty and intriguing story.”
San Francisco Historical Society
“Charming tale of the past.”
Sonoma County Historical Society
“McCarty, with iconic landmarks, keeps you hopping from the City to the River and asides.” Russian River Historical Society
“Tasty well-paced read.”  The Press Democrat
“A fun, historical novel along the lower reaches of the Russian River.”  Bohemian
“This is history.”  Sonoma County Gazette
“Armed with a sharp wit, John McCarty weaves iconic characters through a historic maze with ease and color.”  Russian River Times
“Grand peeks into another era.”  Windsor Times
“A marvelous rendering of the tough and unsentimental way of talking you can find in the Russian River Valley.”  Sonoma West Times & News.