Midnight Run 1932 is a novel based on the life of John Paul Chase, a northern California bootlegger associated with “Baby Face” Nelson and John Dillinger. Nelson and Chase (who used the alias Earl Butler) became friends while Nelson was hiding from the law working as a milker in Santa Venetia. Bootlegging, bank robbing, and murder followed.
Here is a short scene from the story:
Behind a small dairy ranch In Santa Venetia, California just north of San Rafael, thirty-five cases of Canadian whiskey had been loaded into a sleek inboard. The boat had no bright work, windscreen, or name, but it did have a supercharged engine.
Around midnight, the incoming tide lifted the hull from the mudflats, and a machine gunner took up his position on the forward deck. As the skipper engaged the gears, the boat began idling down the creek. Being careful not to create a sudden thrust that would drop the transom and catch the prop in the mud, the skipper carefully increased the speed causing the heavy craft’s hull to gently rise out of the water.
A second gunner followed along the shoreline. Halfway down Las Gallinas Creek the boat was roaring at full speed, then on into San Pablo Bay and south to San Francisco.