The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There is no mystery how this book will end: Lincoln survives his journey and is inaugurated as President of the United States. And yet somehow Daniel Stashower has turned historical fact into a nail-biting thriller. I was expecting essentially a biography of Lincoln's time leading up to his presidency, but the whole first third or so of the book is really a biography of Allen Pinkerton, the man who created the profession of private investigators. It's fascinating! I cannot wait to give this book to my history buff father-in-law.
The only thing which keeps me from rating it 5 stars is that there were
so many names that sometimes I lost track and would have really
appreciated some sort of glossary and/or chronological timeline as an
appendix that I could refer to occasionally. Otherwise, though, it was
I received an advance copy from the publisher through Bookbrowse.com, but the book is scheduled to be published next month (February 2013), so it's not too long of a wait.
For readers' advisors: story doorway is primary, character & setting secondary. No sex or onscreen violence (just the plotting thereof).
View all my reviews