The Barbary Coasters(1983)
(Book 36 in the Making of America series)
A novel by Lee Davis Willoughby (William L DeAndrea, Richard Deming and Richard Laymon)
Two powerful men locked in a primal struggle for power and the fairest prize in the West. They were slavers and smugglers, rogues and rebels, madmen and murderers - and only the strongest survived. Jean LeClair was a dangerous man, a convicted murderer who ruled California's Barbary Coast with an iron fist, destroying anything that stood in his path, leaving countless victims in his wake. When young Beau Ashton, a battle scarred Southern aristocrat, came to this savage country in 1862 with his beautiful fiancee, Amoreena, he found himself at odds with the all powerful despot. Challenging the might of the infamous LeClair, Beau was soon caught up in a brutal struggle for life, land and love that would climax in a towering passion and change for all time the face of the wild Barbary Coast.
Used availability for Richard Laymon's The Barbary Coasters
April 1983 : USA Paperback