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The Lincoln Conspiracy (edition 2012)

by Timothy L. O'Brien

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Title:The Lincoln Conspiracy
Authors:Timothy L. O'Brien
Info:Random House (2012), Edition: 1ST, Audio CD
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Rating:*****
Tags:History, Abrahan Lincoln, assassination

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When Washington D.C. detective Temple McFadden arrives at the B&O railroad station to meet an associate, he has no idea that he is about to become embroiled in a conspiracy surrounding the death of President Lincoln. After witnessing the murder of his associate, Detective McFadden makes a quick search of his body and uncovers a set of diaries related to Abraham Lincoln. These diaries, which are sought by two rival factions who will do anything to retrieve them, contain information that indicate that there was more to President Lincoln's assassination than meets the eye. Although holding onto the diaries puts Temple's life, as well as the lives of his wife and friends, in jeopardy, he boldly commits himself to finding out the truth behind the President's death.

The greatest strength of The Lincoln Conspiracy is its diverse cast of characters, although it is, at times, a bit of a challenge keeping everyone straight. The novel's principal characters, Temple McFadden and his wife Fiona, are well-drawn and easy to like. Many of the book's supporting characters, whether they be fictional or straight from the pages of history, prove to be memorable. I particularly enjoyed the scenes featuring Mary Todd Lincoln. Although the unraveling of the conspiracy theory underlying this novel's plot isn't as thrilling as it could have been, Timothy L. O'Brien has done a masterful job of bringing post-Civil War era Washington D.C. and its residents to life. As a result, it has sparked an interest in me to read more about this particular era, which is one that prior to reading this novel held little appeal to me.

While I don't know if Timothy L. O'Brien intends this book to be the first in a series or if he has written it as a stand alone, I would be interested in reading another novel that features Temple and Fiona McFadden.

The Lincoln Conspiracy should appeal to fans of historical thrillers, as well as to readers of historical fiction interested in novels about President Lincoln and/or the post-Civil War era.

Note: An e-copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review as part of the novel's Virtual Book Tour. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
An interesting read about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. By all accounts there was a conspiracy to kill Mr. Lincoln and there is no doubt that John Wilkes Booth was the shooter. This book takes the reader on a chase through the streets of Lincoln’s Washington, after the assassination, to discover what really happened. Intertwining true historical figures and fictional characters the reader is given an “it could have happened this way” scenario.

Although is has been reported that Mr. O’Brien did use long sealed government documents to do the background work for this book, personally I chose to give more credence to the “fiction” part of this “historical fiction” book. It’s a worthwhile read if you are not expecting a perfect historical account and if you accept it for what it is.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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I received thai book through the Library Thing Early reviewers program. A well written historical novel - set in Washington D.C. after the assassination of President Lincoln. Temple McFadden is a Metropolitan Police detective - and gets tangled in events and information relating to the end of Lincoln's life. We see an interesting view of life in D.C. - meet a wide array of characters, some historical (Lincoln's widow, Pinkerton), some fictional. There are interesting views of political and social forces and pressures in a turbulent time of history. I enjoyed it, and have some hope that it may be the first of a series with these characters, though it will be hard to come up with an equivalently engaging set of events for a sequel. ( )
  Helenoel | Aug 23, 2013 |
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The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O'Brien is a historical fiction novel about the events of President Lincoln's assassination , in Washington, DC. I thought it was well, written, and I enjoyed the story as well as the characters.

I received this book as part of the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. ( )
  liisa22 | Jul 7, 2013 |
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On the plus side, vivid historical detail bringing the immediate post-Civil War period in all its messiness and uncertainty to life. On the downside, the characters are a bit thin because so much is just happening that we never find out nearly enough about who they are as people to fully satisfy me, and as consequence also, the numerous plot threads are often somewhat confusing. An interesting premise with something of a mixed bag in terms of execution--still a pretty good read. ( )
  corglacier7 | Mar 20, 2013 |
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"The road must be built" ------ Abraham Lincoln
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For my wife, Devon Corneal, who spins the wind
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Rain kept the dust down. Nothing else in Washington did, especially in early summer, when the heat started on and the dirt in the streets the slow broil that led into August.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345496779, Hardcover)

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?
 
In late spring of 1865, as America mourns the death of its leader, Washington, D.C., police detective Temple McFadden makes a startling discovery. Strapped to the body of a dead man at the B&O Railroad station are two diaries, two documents that together reveal the true depth of the Lincoln conspiracy. Securing the diaries will put Temple's life in jeopardy--and will endanger the fragile peace of a nation still torn by war.
 
Temple's quest to bring the conspirators to justice takes him on a perilous journey through the gaslit streets of the Civil War-era capital, into bawdy houses and back alleys where ruthless enemies await him in every shadowed corner. Aided by an underground network of friends--and by his wife, Fiona, a nurse who possesses a formidable arsenal of medicinal potions--Temple must stay one step ahead of Lafayette Baker, head of the Union Army's spy service. Along the way, he'll run from or rely on Edwin Stanton, Lincoln's fearsome secretary of war; the legendary Scottish spymaster Allan Pinkerton; abolitionist Sojourner Truth; the photographer Alexander Gardner; and many others.
 
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.

"History as a dangerous, inventive game. Fascinating."
--Martin Cruz Smith
 "The Lincoln Conspiracy is a hell of a good read. It's an exciting thriller full of believable characters and absorbing history, and the end result is a page-turning blend of research and imagination."
--David Liss

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"In the late spring of 1865, as Washington mourns the death of Lincoln, Detective Temple McFadden witnesses a murder at the B&O Railroad Station--and then makes an even more staggering discovery. On his slain friend's body he finds two diaries, one that clearly belongs to Mary Todd Lincoln and one that he learns was penned by John Wilkes Booth. Together, these documents reveal the true depth and reach of the conspiracy behind the assassination"--… (more)

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