MYSTERY

The Lincoln Deception

Kensington. Sept. 2013. 264p. ISBN 9780758290670. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780758290687. M
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Physician Jamie Fraser is stunned when his dying patient, John Bingham, the lead prosecutor for the Lincoln assassination trials, confesses that there was more to the Lincoln case than was ever revealed. John alludes to an evil force that would have threatened the nation's survival. Later, Jamie searches through John's letters and papers for evidence to bolster that tantalizing possibility. Meanwhile, Speed Cook, a confident and college-educated black man who dreams of publishing his own newspaper, strolls into Jamie's life. He, too, feels compelled to learn more about this mystery. Jamie and Speed forge an uneasy alliance fortified by subsequent battles and close calls with assorted bad guys as they pursue false leads and uncover surprising new facts in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC.
VERDICT Historian Stewart's (Impeached; American Emperor) debut novel, set in 1900, is dense with detail and intrigue, making a hearty read for conspiracy addicts.
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