Friday, May 5, 2017


One Bad Weekend in One Bad Town . . . Butchertown.

A darkly fascinating novel. Butchertown is incendiary”— David Corbett, award-winning author of Mercy of the Night.

“Burchfield rounds up a great cast of gangsters and gunsels to bat his wide-eyed hero around.”—Don Herron, author of the Literary World of San Francisco and Its Environs and The Dashiell Hammett Tour

“A sexy, violent non-stop thrill ride deep into the seedy underbelly of post-World War I San Francisco!” Critic’s Report, The BookLife Prize, sponsored by Publishers Weekly.

Oakland, CA, 5/5/2017  The first official book release party for Butchertown, Thomas Burchfield’s new novel of 1920s gangland San Francisco Bay will be held this coming Saturday May 13, 2017 at Stookey’s Club Moderne, 895 Bush Street (at Taylor) from 3:00-4:30 PM, with doors opening at 2:30. The author will read from Butchertown, plus an excerpt from an upcoming novel and will provide signed copies of Butchertown for sale.

Butchertown tells the story of Paul Bacon, ex-Navy boxer, Jazz-Age playboy and junior city attorney, who’s moved to California expecting sunshine and sandy beaches. But all he’s found is lonely misery in the chilly fog-choked canyons of 1920s San Francisco.

Then, one foggy night, he meets Molly Carver. Alluring, irresistible, mysterious, she lures Paul across San Francisco Bay to her hometown of Evansville, to what she claims is the California promised in the travel brochures.

But Molly’s promise is only camouflage for a dangerous game. Evansville is no paradise but a whirling sewer of sin and perdition; a wilderness of slaughterhouses, factories, oil refineries, gambling dens, brothels, and speakeasies even more decadent than San Francisco. And within its grimy, gritty heart, a gang war smolders, ready for someone to throw a match.

They don’t call it Butchertown for nothing.

ABOUT THE VENUE: Stookey’s Club Moderne, located between Nob Hill and Union Square, is a lounge evoking the style of post-prohibition San Francisco (1930-1940).  
The bar’s classic cocktails and Streamline-Moderne design, brings its guests back in time and into the mood of Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco. (It is also the author's favorite watering hole.)

Thomas Burchfield
(510) 817-4432