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The Lincoln Conspiracy: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 18, 2012
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Praise for The Lincoln Conspiracy
“History as a dangerous, inventive game . . . fascinating.”—Martin Cruz Smith
“A notable fiction debut with an appealing detective hero and plenty of action. It gets off to a fast start and never stops.”—Library Journal
“A historical puzzle as labyrinthine and grandiose as Scheherazade’s tales . . . As clever as Sherlock Holmes, as wily as Pendergast in Preston and Child’s series, and wickedly funny on top of it all, the irresistible McFadden is due to return in a sequel—thank goodness!”—Booklist (starred review)
“[A] fast-paced, well-conceived adventure . . . There is nothing more fun than losing oneself in O’Brien’s rich and riotous mixture of reimagination and fact.”—Historical Novels Review
“Gripping . . . The history and overall arc of the novel are superb . . . and Temple McFadden proves to be a worthwhile hero.”—Associated Press
From the Back Cover
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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Mr O'Brien's descriptions of the D.C. area at the end of the Civil war certainly serve to bring the reader into the period and provide an atmosphere that rings true to the time. The language and actions of the characters resound with the color of 1865 and enhance the reading pleasure of the book. Washington is dirty, hot in the summer, and filled with thousands of returning soldiers awaiting discharge. Principal characters from the period make appearances and add reality to the plot. These include Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's secretary of war, the legendary Scottish spymaster Allan Pinkerton, abolitionist Sojourner Truth, Mary Todd Lincoln as well as Mary Surratt awaiting trial and eventual death for her possible part in the assassination plot.Read more ›
This is the recipe for Timothy L. O'Brien's history-mystery novel set in the days after the American Civil War and the killing of President Abraham Lincoln. Temple McFadden is a Washington, D. C. police detective, haunted by a grim Irish childhood among other things, who interrupts a deadly assault at the B & O Railroad station. He takes custody of a package containing two diaries, one kept by Lincoln's widow and the other by his killer. He also takes on a bevy of deadly and ruthless operators who want the diaries. Can McFadden, his devoted wife Fiona, and their friend Augustus solve Lincoln's murder?
After finishing the novel, I can't say I know the answer. I know how the book ended, but I'm not at all clear on what happened or why. Things happen in "The Lincoln Conspiracy" less for reason than for effect.
A number of historical figures make their way into the pages of the book, including the famous detective Allan Pinkerton; photographer Alexander Gardner; and Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's secretary of war oft-speculated to have played a role in Lincoln's death. Unfortunately, they are cardboard caricatures seemingly plucked from their Wikipedia entries rather than developed as human beings of depth and feeling.
Without revealing too much, Temple discovers that Lincoln was a victim not of desperate terrorist fury but corporate greed. This doesn't make sense considering Lincoln's pro-wealth economic policies (which O'Brien acknowledges), nor especially when the chief villain is finally revealed at the book's end.Read more ›
The major problem I had with the book was the mystery around the diaries and who was really responsible for the murder of President Lincoln. Personally, I just did not find the conspiracy theory to be very believable. I was also rather disappointed in the ending, it did not wrap everything up the way I hoped that it would. I found myself still trying to figure out how all the different pieces fit together after finishing the book.
It is a fast paced read with lots of action and suspense and fans of books with conspiracy theories are bound too enjoy this one. Historical fiction lovers will also find lots to like in this book with the great cast of important characters from this time in history and some great historical details that really added to the book. For me it was an imperfect, but interesting read.
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I r eally enjoyed this historical novel. Mr O' Brien brougnt Temple Fiona, and Agustus alive for me. There are too many characters to name them all in this review. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was excited about this book, but it wasn't as good as I expected. Some events were quite exaggerated and you knew they couldn't have really happened. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brian R. Swingle
The story started out slow. After gaining momentum, the ending was disappointing.Published 21 months ago by Frances from MO
I'd like to read more of Temple. An interesting theory on the shooting of President. Lincoln.Published 21 months ago by Debi
I wanted to love this but didn't. It's historically pretty accurate but the story didn't really grip me like I thought it would. Read morePublished on June 16, 2014 by S. O'Toole
I enjoyed the historical element of the book but the story was lacking. Having believed that Booth was killed soon after the assassination made it difficult for me to grasp the... Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Will R
The book was fairly interesting, intertwining history with fiction and coming up with a conspiracy reason for the assassination of Lincoln. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Recorder
Timothy L. O’Brien’s novel, “The Lincoln Conspiracy,” is a fascinating combination of “what if’s.” What if Mrs. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Jim Duggins, Ph.D.