Praise for Perish from the Earth :
“This is the second book in the incredible Lincoln & Speed series, and is even better than the first... It’s highly interesting to see Honest Abe’s early days, and hopefully Putnam is at his keyboard right now creating the next title in this truly cool series. "
Suspense Magazine on Perish from the Earth
"An entertaining and well-researched murder mystery…both a mystery and a legal thriller, with well-paced courtroom scenes as well as intrigue… Putnam’s notes provide context for the historical figures who appear as characters and demonstrate his expertise as a Lincoln scholar.”
"Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles."
“Putnam successfully integrates the politics of 1837 America into his solid second mystery…The dramatic denouement, which features Lincoln’s vaunted courtroom skills, provides a satisfying resolution.”
“Plenty of intrigue to delight mystery genre enthusiasts, enough historical accuracy to placate any history buff, and sufficient courtroom drama to satisfy any legal eagle.”
NY Journal of Books
“Putnam’s research is exceptional, giving attention to historical detail and dialogue…An excellent choice for both fans of historical murder mysteries and of accurate historical fiction.”
Historical Novels Review
“In all, the book is meticulously researchedas evidenced from the beginning with a scene on the riverboatfirmly rooted in its time and place, and manages to create a whole cast and story that seems real and never contrived despite the concept of Lincoln as co-lead in a mystery series.”
“One of the best books I have read in a long time. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you are either a mystery buff or a history buff, this book is for you. If you happen to be both, I’m certain you will be captivated by its raw and honest look at this part of American history and by the beauty of the language used to portray the people, both real and imaginary.”
Praise for These Honored Dead :
"Putnam's well-researched first novel...does a fine job presenting a recognizable young Abraham Lincoln."
Publishers Weekly starred review
"[A] well-researched debut mystery... Eye-opening historical details on hunting runaway slaves and 19th-century poorhouses will interest readers who enjoy works by Caleb Carr and E.L. Doctorow."
"Lawyer Putnam bases his debut novel on a solid historical foundation...in the first of what looks to be a winning historical-mystery series."
“This book is a time machine, and the mystery at its core is equally elegant and brutal. Just like our history. But, man, is it fun to root for Abraham Lincoln.”
Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The President’s Shadow
"What a splendid debut novel! Jonathan Putnam combines an historian’s understanding of character and context with a remarkable narrative drive that kept me fascinated from start to finish as I tried to figure out how the mystery would unfold. I read history during the days and mysteries every night before going to sleep, so for me, These Honored Dead was one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time."
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Bully Pulpit
"Putnam combines the historical fact of a lifelong friendship with lively fiction in a debut set on the edge of the American frontier."
"Putnam takes the real-life friendship of Lincoln and Speed and spins a wonderful fictional history of their first years together... A well-researched book that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, and a book that should be on a Lincoln buff’s reading list."
Historical Novel Society
" These Honored Dead feels so completely authentic that it might very well be a recovered journal from the nineteenth century, peopled with true-life investigators named Lincoln and Speed. But the pacing is so assured, and the mystery is so intriguing that it can't be anything but a masterfully crafted modern novel. Jonathan Putnam has crafted the most gripping debut in years, and I can't wait to read his next book."
Alex Grecian, national bestselling author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series
"Young Mr. Lincoln makes a crackerjack detective. He and the narrator, Speed, are a fine Holmes and Watson. Putnam's book is historical mystery at its best."
Will Thomas, Barry and Shamus Award-nominated author of Anatomy of Evil
" Anatomy of a Murder , frontier-style; Lincoln lives again in this sharp and engaging period mystery. Great characters, solid research, and effective twists."
Stephen Gallagher, critically-acclaimed author of The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective
Putnam successfully integrates the politics of 1837 America into his solid second mystery featuring Abraham Lincoln, then a practicing attorney, and his real-life close friend Joshua Speed (after 2016’s These Honored Dead). When Speed boards his family’s steamboat War Eagle to look into why its profits have declined, the captain claims that he needs to pay a fixed percentage of the income to a corrupt port inspector. The explanation leaves Speed searching for another way to replenish his family’s fortunes, which have suffered from his ailing father’s imprudent business decisions. Prominent abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy plays a key role in the action. Meanwhile, Speed and Lincoln—who has been traveling around Illinois handling a variety of cases—get involved in a murder investigation after the body of John W. Jones, an unsuccessful gambler Speed meets on the War Eagle, is found floating in the Mississippi. The dramatic denouement, which features Lincoln’s vaunted courtroom skills, provides a satisfying resolution. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (July)
Kentucky gentleman Joshua Speed teams up with his friend Abraham Lincoln for the second time (These Honored Dead, 2016) to bring justice to a Mississippi riverboat in 1837.Speed's been called from his Illinois general store, where Lincoln rents a bed, to investigate the operations of the War Eagle, a steamboat his father owns. The War Eagle has been losing money, and her captain may be skimming off the top. Before Speed can inspect the books, a planter's son named Jones loses his family's fortune to a crooked gambler, threatens to kill the gambler, and turns up dead in the river the next morning. The local constable tries to pin the murder on Jones' romantic rival, painter George Bingham, but Speed and Lincoln are convinced of his innocence. Since Lincoln must travel on with the circuit court, Speed, accompanied by his spirited sister, heads downriver to learn more about the other point of the love triangle, Mississippi belle Tessie Roman. At her father's plantation, Speed, beginning to acknowledge the evils of slavery, must make a run for it through a cypress swamp, following the path that slaves have taken toward freedom. Armed with the evidence Speed's gathered, Lincoln makes an argument that brings about justice—or at least the closest they can come under America's peculiar institution. Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles.