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The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War
The Hour of Peril The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War Author:Daniel Stashower ?It's history that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller.? ?Harlan CobenDaniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award?winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the ?Baltimore Plot,? an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War in THE HOUR OF PERIL. — In February of 18... more »61, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a ?clear and fully-matured? threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America?s first female private eye.
As Lincoln?s train rolled inexorably toward ?the seat of danger,? Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. With time running out Pinkerton took a desperate gamble, staking Lincoln?s life?and the future of the nation?on a ?perilous feint? that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would survive to become president. Shrouded in secrecy?and, later, mired in controversy?the story of the ?Baltimore Plot? is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.« less
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This book was especially interesting to me since I live in the area where Lincoln's train passed through mentioning many of the places I'm familiar with. It was also the first time I had heard of a "Baltimore" plot to assassinate him prior to his first inauguration. If you like historical books, this one is very good - reads well. It doesn't get bogged down like some nonfiction does. Very good!