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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Echelon Press Publishing; First Edition edition (April 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590806743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590806746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Fox has been involved in California politics and policy issues for three decades. He has served on numerous state commissions, worked on many ballot issue campaigns, and advised numerous candidates, including his role as a senior policy advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the historic gubernatorial recall election of 2003. Fox has authored hundreds of opinion pieces for many newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. A competitor in the Boston Marathon in the late 1960's and early 1970s, Fox still competes in race-walking distance events. Lincoln's Hand is his first novel.

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Joel Fox's modern day mystery series featuring Senior FBI Special Agent Zane Rigby springs from strange historical events. The first book in the series, LINCOLN'S HAND, is connected to the actual attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body. In FDR'S TREASURE, Franklin Roosevelt's numerous fishing trips to the reported treasure laden Cocos Island off Costa Rica serve as the catalyst for the second book in the series.

Fox likes to say he has a long rap sheet in California politics. For three decades he has been a taxpayer and small business advocate, served on numerous state commissions appointed by governors and assembly speakers from both major political parties, worked on many ballot issue campaigns, and advised a number of candidates. He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University.

Authoring hundreds of opinion pieces, Fox has been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as other newspapers and websites.

His non-fiction works include a book, THE LEGEND OF PROPOSITION 13, about California's most famous ballot measure, and a chapter in the book, WHAT BASEBALL MEANS TO ME, sanctioned by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2008, Fox completed the Los Angeles FBI Citizens Academy program gaining a deeper understanding of the FBI and its mission.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Fox says he got his love of history breathing the air in the Boston area, often driving past the homes of the presidents Adams and visiting many historical sites.

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This book is a fun and very, very fast read.
Joe Mathews
You are drawn into the plot with just the right amount of historical exposition from the characters.
MereChristian
It's been a long time since I stayed up all night to finish a book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MereChristian on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
We all have our biases. Every one of us. For me, this bias is a dislike for much of contemporary fiction. Especially contemporary mystery fiction. I do not normally like new books, unless they look extremely interesting, or are recommended highly by a small group of friends whose opinion I trust.

When I read the synopsis of *Lincoln's Hand* by Joel Fox, it was interesting enough that I volunteered for a chance to review it. My request was accepted, and I waited for my copy to arrive in the mail. Despite my interest in the plot of the book, I was assuming that I would not like it very much. I was finishing up another modern mystery book for review that I simply loathed, and was wary of the experience *inevitably* repeating itself. I am pleased to say that I was wrong. This book is filled with what makes mystery fiction worthwhile to read. If more authors today wrote like Joel Fox, I would be more willing to pick up their work.

The story starts with the introduction of a villain who is being set up to be a recurring character in future works. The terrorist, called the Monument Bomber, is on a mission to destroy America's self-confidence by destroying our myths. He reasons that the monuments and memorials that we build are so much a part of the fabric of who we are as a people, that if he destroys them, he can destroy Americans as a people.

The hero is identified in the tag line on the front cover, where it reads, "A Zane Rigby Mystery". FBI Special Agent Rigby is hot on the heels of the bomber, only to be tricked by him, and fall for a diversion. This allows the bomber to safely attack another monument, and Rigby is pulled off the case to investigate a report that Abraham Lincoln's body may be missing from his grave site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By earman on August 4, 2010
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If you like mystery based on something that really happened, you'll really like this book. I was pulled into the story immediately and ended up reading it in one sitting.....something I rarely do. Not only is the plot intriguing, the writing is skillful and it is constructed in such a way that it's hard to put the book down. Let's hope Mr. Fox is busy writing his next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By historybuff3 on November 7, 2010
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"Lincoln's Hand" has a bit of everything: suspense, character development, a plot that never falters, interesting historical info and fine writing. Once I started the book, I whipped right through it--and that does always happen with the books I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Mathews on September 3, 2010
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This book is a fun and very, very fast read. It's got a fascinating character at the center of the action, and you learn quite a bit of very interesting history along the way. More please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gayle Bartos-Pool on March 24, 2012
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Joel Fox's debut novel, Lincoln's Hand, is a page-turner. FBI agent Zane Rigby is no kid and he knows how Washington works, but it doesn't make it any easier when he fails to capture the notorious Monument Bomber who wants to bring down America by chipping away at our foundation as he systematically blows up famous places around Washington, D.C. and threatens to take out other historic sites. But there is something about this wild goose chase that seems like a set-up.

The FBI Director, not pleased with his failure, shuffles him off to Springfield, Illinois, to check out a mummified hand, said to belong to Lincoln. The problem: this might be only part of the actual body of the great man. A ransom note accompanying the hand says pay up if the body is to be returned. Rigby is to check out the tomb to see who, if anybody, is buried in Lincoln's grave.

Thus starts the rather interesting journey with a little history tossed in and a lot of twists as Rigby tracks down the truth. Along the way he meets an old flame right in the thick of the intrigue. Will the passion rekindle or is the lady hiding a secret? A young woman is killed near the tomb and Rigby discovers lots of local people are hiding old and new secrets that could get more people killed before they find out who is buried in Lincoln's tomb.

But lurking in the background is the Monument Bomber who still has a card or two to play. This is the first in the series, so the Bomber has lots of places to threaten as Zane Rigby tracks him down. A great first novel. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Wendelboe on March 25, 2011
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Looking for Lincoln's burial place puts the reader into the world of the spooky serial bomber. I got lost in the pages, finding myself later on in the night with nothing left but tattered pages as I finished, wanting more. Joel absorbs the reader, keeping him off balance as FBI Agent Zane Rigby puts his experience to work in catching the suspect, all the while fighting his own temptation to connect with his old sweetheart, now married. I would recommend this book only if you have an evening where you can kick back, sip hot chocolate, and hang on for the ride until you reach "The End."
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