Author: Timothy L. O'Brien
Goodreads Rating: 3.52
Format: Finished copy for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
A nation shattered by its president’s murder. Two diaries that reveal the true scope of an American conspiracy. A detective determined to bring the truth to light, no matter what it costs him
From award-winning journalist Timothy L. O’Brien comes a gripping historical thriller that poses a provocative question: What if the plot to assassinate President Lincoln was wider and more sinister than we ever imagined?
In late spring of 1865, as America mourns the death of its leader, Washington, D.C., police detective Temple McFadden makes a startling discovery. Strapped to the body of a dead man at the B&O Railroad station are two diaries, two documents that together reveal the true depth of the Lincoln conspiracy. Securing the diaries will put Temple’s life in jeopardy—and will endanger the fragile peace of a nation still torn by war.
Temple’s quest to bring the conspirators to justice takes him on a perilous journey through the gaslit streets of the Civil War–era capital, into bawdy houses and back alleys where ruthless enemies await him in every shadowed corner. Aided by an underground network of friends—and by his wife, Fiona, a nurse who possesses a formidable arsenal of medicinal potions—Temple must stay one step ahead of Lafayette Baker, head of the Union Army’s spy service. Along the way, he’ll run from or rely on Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s fearsome secretary of war; the legendary Scottish spymaster Allan Pinkerton; abolitionist Sojourner Truth; the photographer Alexander Gardner; and many others.
Bristling with twists and building to a climax that will leave readers gasping, The Lincoln Conspiracy offers a riveting new account of what truly motivated the assassination of one of America’s most beloved presidents—and who participated in the plot to derail the train of liberty that Lincoln set in motion.
I'm giving this book a four star rating because I really loved the characters and I really loved the intricacies of the plot. This book was a well written masterpiece that drew you into the world of post Civil War America including continuing problems with the South and racial aggressions.
So where to start, where to start. I really loved Fiona, Temple's wife, she was everything that a woman wasn't supposed to be at that time, she was strong and an independent thinker. She went and got an education as well as a medical degree, and she used it when taking out the bad guys. More women like her would make the world a better place. She was a force to be reconed with in this book which was really inspiring because women during that time were not that brave.
I also liked Temple, our hero in this book who stuck his nose in the wrong business. I loved how even though he had a physical deformity, he didn't let that get him down or even slow him down. He used his cane like a weapon, and he kicked some serious ass.
A few things did slow me down while reading it, one of those was that randomly between paragraphs there would be lyrics or poems or prayers, I'm not entirely sure because it wasn't consistent and lacked an explanation. The other thing was that the book would randomly jump into someone else's thoughts like Fiona's. It would be done with no warning, and then it would end.
Otherwise, I adored this book, I loved how historically accurate it was. Not perfect, but they can't always be. I loved how they alluded to the missing pages in John Wilkes Booth's journal. You can learn more about how to win the book tomorrow!
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