A deathbed confession and a long-hidden conspiracy are at the heart of a riveting historical mystery centered on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic.
Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with small-town medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser's inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln's assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings?
From Maryland to New York City, from Indiana to Washington, Fraser and Cook track down key figures and witnesses--including Mary Surratt's neurotic daughter Anna, Booth's nephew, actor Creston Clarke, and Clarke's attractive business manager, Mrs. Eliza Scott. Piece by piece the truth emerges--separating fact from rumor, innocent from guilty, and revealing a story of greed, ambition, courage, and tragedy.
Blending real and fictional characters, The Lincoln Deception is a superbly researched, brilliantly plotted and thoroughly gripping mystery that explores one of the nation's darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history.
©2013 David O. Stewart (P)2013 Audible Inc.
Well worth the listen. David O. Stewart knows his history, and more importantly, his storytelling. Historical fiction is perhaps the best way to empathize with historical figures, and with ordinary people who just happened to live in a different time. David O. Stewart does a great job of making you feel as if you were there.
Interesting take on Lincoln's assassination. Interesting but not really noteworthy. I may try another by the author as I'm always interested in historical fiction.
The author is not a historian nor a notable writer.
This little writer does all of the politically correct song and dances: glorifys blacks; denigrates Southern whites; attempts to justify the invasion of the peacable Southern Nation, The Confederate States of America.
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