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The Cosgrove Report: Being the Private Inquiry of a Pinkerton Detective into the Death of President Lincoln Paperback – February 3, 2009
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Dazzling . . . A superior example of this genre.” Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
George O’Toole has managed to catch us all in his net with The Cosgrove Report. A must for lovers of history and stylish writing, mystery fans, adventure and assassination buffs.” Arlene Francis
An enthralling, beautifully constructed mystery.” Harriet Van Horne
O’Toole makes such a convincing eyewitness, I almost suspect he was there. Don’t let anyone tell you how The Cosgrove Report ends.” Dilys Winn, Murder Ink; Murderess Ink
A humdinger of a mystery . . . transports us to a landscape at once familiar and as exotic as a sinister, murderous oz.” The Washington Star
By carriage, train, boat and balloon, Cosgrove stumbles on one denouement after another . . . novelist George O’Toole . . . follows sleuth and booth with verve, humor and impressive scholarship.” Time
An absolute delight . . . there are wheels within wheels that bring the fancier of history up with shocking suddenness . . . will appeal to the mystery fan who likes the feeling of being trapped in a mirror maze . . . not only is this good history, it is also good fun.” San Diego Union
O’Toole takes an era captured in daguerreotype and inflates it with enough life to give us a vividly vicarious understanding of the mid-19th century . . . the reader is brilliantly seduced onto the tightrope between face and fiction.” The Cleveland Press
Out of the ordinary . . . an imaginative mix of historical research and fictional extrapolation . . . the ending is as surprising as anyone could wish.” Los Angeles Times
Compelling . . . a stunning conclusion.” Grand Rapids Press
A gem . . . it truly takes the reader back to relive those days. But don’t let anyone tell you how the book ends . . . that would be cruel and inhuman treatment.” Memphis Commercial Appeal
Moves along at lightning speed . . . sprightly and intriguing . . . what gorgeous entertainment.” Columbus Dispatch
Fascinating . . . an exciting chronicle of what might have been . . . ending with a twist that should satisfy the most fanatical mystery aficionado.” Civil War Times
My hat is off to G.J.A. O’Toole. He has come up with an idea for a mystery so good . . . and he has brought it off with a flair that rivals Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time . . . ingenious and plausible . . . the research is meticulous.” Baltimore Sun
If you think there is no more mystery surrounding that assassination, you are dead wrong . . . a must for anyone to whom history is a wonderful old trunk in the attic, always full of dusty surprises.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
A political thriller based on a careful reading of history that will make a thrice-told tale seem completely different.” Boston Herald American
It has everythingmystery, adventure, history, and a delightful unsuspected ending . . . fascinating characters, among them some of Washington’s most illustrious men . . . the unique tale of an American Sherlock Holmes.” Seattle Times Magazine
Startling. Don’t tell anyone how it ends.” The Pittsburgh Press
Contains more factual information about the truth of the assassination and the alleged conspiracy than I have seen in print anywhere . . . Lovers of mystery stories will find O’Toole a master teller of tales. This is the best of historical fiction from historical fact that you’re likely to find.” Cincinnati Enquirer
Rejoice, lovers of mystery and history. You’re in for a treat you’ll be talking about for a long time.” Newport News Daily Press
A first-rate thriller by any standards . . . a truly distinctive historical detective story. No one has done it any better.” Savannah News-Press Sunday Magazine
A tour de force of its kind.” Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
I stumbled upon it while rotating a bookrack late one night next to the checkout counter of a 7-11. I was bored and just looking for something to read me to sleep. Something about the title and the cover caught my attention, so I bought it...but with minimal expectations. When I got home, and was settled in bed, I picked it up and began to read...and continued reading throughout the night.
What is neither stated nor implied in the other reviews is that the book is an incredibly well-crafted piece of writing! O'Toole has created not only a provocative historical novel, but also has artfully woven through the story, a story within a story, within the story (i.e., one up on "The French Lieutenant's Woman"). In other words, it is not only a highly polished, quasi-fictional historical piece, but is also a very unusual, challenging, and highly accomplished piece of creative writing!
In part, because of this book, within a few months I moved to Washington, D.C. (from Bellingham, WA), to see what I could of what was left of Cosgrove's/Lincoln's Washington (not the least of which was a mysterious subterranean chamber on the west side of the Capitol building). Was it there? After you read this book, you may want to go look for yourself.
P.S. Some readers might find Cosgrove's 19th century writing style a little too wordy and, at times, obtuse. But if you like Shakespeare (or T.S. Eliot), you'll feel quite at home...perhaps reading well through the night!
This is an excellent novel. If you love the old-fashioned narrative voices of the thick, detail-heavy novels of the 1800s, this one should be right up your alley--granted it's a dark and shadowy gas-lit alley with scurrying rats. I loved the challenging vocabulary: ratamacue, brummagem, rowel, vicinage... And I loved the introduction of each character, when I had that momentary confusion as to whether this was a fictional or a real person. In almost all cases, the characters are real. (The auxiliary narrator provides the footnotes to prove it.)
This is a very satisfying novel, and I can enthusiastically recommend it.
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One of the best books I've read. I can't believe it took me so long to get to reading it. It was slow at the beginning as I read the preface, but it is important to read the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by VT
I read this book in its first edition and all I can say is that the plot had me riveted and the story was eminently satisfying. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tycobb7878
An absolute ton of research and many interesting ideas. It might have dragged a bit in the middle and some of the solutions to crises are a bit too pat, but an interesting... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love fiction, and I love history - this book blended both so well and in such convincing fashion I couldn't put it down - except to look to up the real history of characters... Read morePublished 13 months ago by James Hatz
Loved this book, It's a history lesson and a great detective story with a unique presentation. Even as fiction it will make you stop and ponder what you think you know about the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bruce Bay
Nice story with a twist at the end...but the book is way too long and there are way too many tangents you have to transverse to get to the end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer