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The Lincoln Deception by David O. Stewart
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The Lincoln Deception

by David O. Stewart

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A dying declaration by the prosecutor of eight members of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to assassinate President Lincoln could change history. That is if his doctor can unravel the mystery.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Apr 21, 2017 |
This is David O. Stewart's first book of fiction. He has written other nonfiction books about American history. "The Lincoln Deception" takes another look at the theory that John Wilkes Booth was the lone gunman who orchestrated the assassination of Lincoln with a few followers. Through a work of fiction, Stewart proposes that there was a much higher level conspiracy than that. In fact, he states in the interview at the end of the book, "it was not an assassination so much as an attempted coup d’état." I had not realized that there had been other attempted assassinations at the same time before I read this book.

At the end of the interview Stewart talks of his admiration for Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time and said that he hoped that his book would "work some of that same magic with the Booth story." I think that, like Tey, he has brought new facts to the readers' attention which may make them question the standard history of the Lincoln assassination.
  Familyhistorian | Sep 20, 2014 |
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In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with small-town medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser's inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln's assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings? From Maryland to New York City, from Indiana to Washington, Fraser and Cook track down key figures and witnesses-including Mary Surratt's neurotic daughter Anna, Booth's nephew, actor Creston Clarke, and Clarke's attractive business manager, Mrs. Eliza Scott. Piece by piece the truth emerges - separating fact from rumor, innocent from guilty, and revealing a story of greed, ambition, courage, and tragedy. Blending real and fictional characters, The Lincoln Deception is a superbly researched, brilliantly plotted and thoroughly gripping mystery that explores one of the nation's darkest and most fascinating eras and the conspiracy that changed world history.

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"In March 1900, as former Congressman John Bingham of Ohio lies dying, he begins to tell a strange tale to his physician, Dr. Jamie Fraser. Bingham famously prosecuted eight members of John Wilkes Booth's plot to kill Lincoln. But during the 1865 trial, conspirator Mary Surratt divulged a secret so explosive it could shatter the republic. Though Bingham takes the secret to his grave, Fraser cannot let go of the mystery. Bored with small-town medical practice, he begins to investigate, securing an unlikely ally in Speed Cook, a black, college-educated professional ballplayer and would-be newspaper publisher. Cook is fascinated by Fraser's inquiry and, like Fraser, thinks the accepted version of Lincoln's assassination rings false. Was Booth truly the mastermind or were other, more powerful forces pulling the strings?"-- From publisher's description.… (more)

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