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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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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: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,704,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Oh my god was this a good book. Probably the best thriller I have read in a while. Fantastic characters and the action never stops and let me tell you it keeps you guessing. There are actually four mysteries that the main character has to solve and right when you think you have it figured out it's like....what the hell! I can't wait to see what the next book is like. Fantastic first book. Just couldn't believe how good it was. Went into it not knowing what to expect and came out not disappointed. Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller and especially one that has a little history involved. If I could have given it more stars I would have. WOW!!!
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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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Loved the historical, Lincoln, and Illinois connections in this book. Joel's writing style is crisp and engaging, and the story moves along quickly--before you know it, you're hooked. There's a lot to like in this novel, such as, I found myself liking and pulling for Zane from the very beginning, there were many very nice descriptive passages that took me "there," the protagonist's age and current predicament were believable and easy to relate to, and supporting characters were believable. Recommend, and I'm ordering Joel's next book. Good series.
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For a new author, Fox writes like seasoned veteran with an enviable command of the English language. In fact, if his name was blocked out on the cover, I'd guess I was reading the latest Clive Cusler novel. I won't make this a spoiler so I'll only say that the setting is in and around Lincoln's burial site in Springfield, Illinois. This one is a page turner.
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