The Lincoln Deception by David O. Stewart is a spectacular debut novel. History buff or not, and American or not, book lovers across the world are sure to appreciate this investigation into the shocking assassination of President Abraham Lincoln; an event which might have changed the course of history . Readers will also get a glimpse into the different cultural environment that existed in the US in 1900.
Jamie Fraser is a simple country doctor, battling with his grief over the loss of his wife and child. He has a high profile patient – John Bingham – a prior statesman and the person who tried the case for President Lincoln’s assassination. On his deathbed, he confides to Jamie that he believes John Wilkes Booth was just a pawn, and the real story was suppressed at the time because of its explosive nature. Speed Cook is a major league baseball player who wants to start his own newspaper for African American people. Jamie and Speed form an unlikely alliance and decide to track down the real conspirators behind the President’s death.
Jamie and Speed traverse the country, meeting a famous author, a playwright, a financier and a pretty lady who Jamie is attracted to. Did the Confederates kill the President? Or did the Union? Or was their some collusion? These are the different scenarios portrayed in the book. Is the motive just power, or money? Both Jamie and Speed face near death experiences as they come too close to the truth.
Some scenes reflect the social scene at the time. Like the white people having a separate picnic area, the riot that almost costs Speed his life, and the general surprise people show when they see Jamie and Speed traveling together.
The Lincoln Deception is a fast page turner and a must read for all mystery lovers and people who like to read an investigative story or follow a chase. If you like reading about conspiracy theories, the plot of The Lincoln Deception will be an added bonus.
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