Wasn't sure what to expect with this. Cold-blooded killers? One tenderhearted assassin. Funny, sad, eerie. No desire to live during the Gold Rush--too many greedy opportunists. This book was strangely and surprisingly satisfying until the end. I suppose the ending was inevitable but to this reader it felt like all the air had rushed out of a big balloon and you're left holding limp latex. The moral of the story: You get what you deserve, what goes around, comes around. The California Gold Rush was a great backdrop for this story and learning about the seedier and darker side of that period in American history was worth the read.