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Lincoln's Hand Paperback – April 22, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the characters in this book and loved the history connection. It seemed authentic to me as we got to know the characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by betsy cadle depaul
I couldn't get past the first chapter. Very poor writing, couldn't follow what was going on. It was like coming in to a movie in the middle.Published 13 months ago by Hope P.
One of the things I like about any book is its ability to teach me something without my being aware of it. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Anne Carter
5 star -subject enjoyed. mystery fans will appreciate also
very good read. would like more on future. interesting plot
I was really looking forward to this book, simply because I had visited Springfield for the first time last year. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Angela Mayer
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... Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by C. M. Wendelboe
I had the pleasure of reading this book. I would like to say first of all that my personal library consists of all true crime books, so Lincoln's Hand is not something that I would... Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Natalie
"Lincoln's Hand" has a bit of everything: suspense, character development, a plot that never falters, interesting historical info and fine writing. Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by historybuff3