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A Bullet for Lincoln

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Benjamin King puts a new twist on the old mystery of Lincoln's death. Deep within the plot is the manipulative and corrosive character Anderson. The same man who outwitted the Confederates in
King's first novel, A Bullet for Stonewall , is back to execute the most history-altering plan of his career. King has done extensive research on the assassination as well as the years that followed. In his work, he looked at how political plans changed following Lincoln's death. The ...

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Benjamin King puts a new twist on the old mystery of Lincoln's death. Deep within the plot is the manipulative and corrosive character Anderson. The same man who outwitted the Confederates in
King's first novel, A Bullet for Stonewall , is back to execute the most history-altering plan of his career. King has done extensive research on the assassination as well as the years that followed. In his work, he looked at how political plans changed following Lincoln's death. The guiding factor of his sleuthing was to determine who seemed to benefit from the aftermath. And thus he found the premise for this, his second novel.
A group of young Wall Street entrepreneurs, including soon-to-be-tycoon J.
P. Morgan, analyze the impact of the end of the war. They are angered by
Lincoln's plan to invest in rebuilding the South. They search for a way to guarantee that the government will, instead, invest in their economic interests in the West. That search leads them to Anderson, the assassin with a money-back guarantee.
Under numerous guises, he begins to assemble a plot to frame the South for the death of the president. Befriending Booth, Anderson inspires the actor to take control of his Southern sympathies and put actions behind his feelings.
Meanwhile, he also infiltrates a Confederate spy ring, adding more names to the list of scapegoats he will leave behind.
Relying heavily on historical accuracies, A Bullet for Lincoln minimizes its fictional medium, making Anderson and his task highly believable.
The pressure of a federal agent closing in for his own kill heightens the challenge and suspense for Anderson. He faces unparalleled dangers as he tries to maintain his secret identity and still pull off the greatest coup in the nation's history.

The notorious assassin Anderson from Benjamin King's A Bullet for Stonewall is back--hired to stage the final exit for an even bigger quarry, President Abraham Lincoln. King takes the political trauma caused by the ending of the Civil War and Lincoln's death and makes the most out of it when he puts together his own fictional view of the assassination through the eyes of Anderson. An intriguing speculative twist to historical facts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Retro-conspiracy theory fuels this canny thriller about Abraham Lincoln's assassination. John Wilkes Booth, it seems, is merely the dupe of the actual killer, who has been hired by powerful men--none other than J. P. Morgan, Jim Fisk and Jay Gould. The troika's motives are strictly financial: with Lincoln gone, the Radical Republicans will hold the defeated South in bondage, and the country will devote its efforts toward westward expansion rather than to rebuilding the South's infrastructure. Enter Anderson, the cold-blooded killer from King's A Bullet for Stonewall , whose secrecy and efficiency make him the most feared member of the Washington, D.C., underworld. Morgan contracts Anderson to murder Lincoln, with two stipulations: it must be done after the South's defeat and the blame must be placed on either a Southerner or a Southern sympathizer. To add to the suspense, two intelligent detectives track Anderson. King is meticulous in his plotting, especially in the devious ways Anderson manipulates Booth, and he weaves the threads of history into the story so capably that all seems within the realm of possibility. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882899275
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/1993
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin King serves as command historian for the U. S. Army Transportation Center and Fort Eustis. He served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), and was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. King's military service has included work with the Pershing missile systems, and his experience and knowledge have led to published articles in Field Artillery Journal and Vietnam magazine , as well as an appearance on the Discovery Channel's Machines That Won the War . His two other historical novels, A Bullet for Stonewall and A Bullet for Lincoln , are both published by Pelican.
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