The Lincoln Letter

The Lincoln Letter

by William Martin
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The Lincoln Letter by William Martin

Treasure hunters Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are heading for adventure in Washington D.C., the sleek, modern, power-hungry capital of America...and the crowded, muddy, intrigue-filled nexus of the Civil War. Their prize? A document of incredible historical importance and incalculable value: Abraham Lincoln's diary.

What if Lincoln recorded his innermost thoughts as he moved toward the realization that he must free the slaves? And what if that diary slipped from his fingers in 1862? A recently discovered letter written by Lincoln suggests that the diary exists and is waiting to be found. Some want the diary for its enormous symbolic value to a nation that reveres Lincoln. Others believe it carries a dark truth about Lincoln's famous proclamation—a truth that could profoundly impact the fast-approaching elections and change the course of a nation. Peter and Evangeline must race against these determined adversaries to uncover a document that could shake the foundation of Lincoln's legacy.

From William Martin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution, The Lincoln Letter is a breathless chase across the Washington of today as well as a political thriller set in our besieged Civil War capital. It is a story of old animosities that still smolder, old philosophies that still contend, and a portrait of our greatest president as he passes from lawyer to leader in the struggle for a new birth of freedom.

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765321985
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 08/21/2012
Series: Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington Series , #5
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM MARTIN, The New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis to The City of Dreams. His first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination. Martin's subsequent novels, including Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitution have established him, as a "storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition." (Publishers Weekly) He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made. Nevertheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." There are now over three million copies of his books in print. He has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.

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The Lincoln Letter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Storytimer More than 1 year ago
William Martin never fails to educate, entertain and and leave his readers thinking. The Lincoln Letter, the latest book in the Peter Fallon series has been worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE READ OF THE SUMMER HAS ARRIVED! I'll be brief because you have a great book ahead of you. William Martin is one of the best in the business and he certainly delivers with his latest release. Peter and Evangeline are back, and exploring the dark side of Washington D.C. On the hunt for Abraham Lincoln's most guarded secrets, our intrepid treasure hunters will learn that the game of politics in our nation's capitol is a contact sport! But even greater danger lies in the historical backdrop of the Civil War, where Lt. Halsey Hutchinson must navigate a war-time Washington of spies, traitors, and assassins... yes, THAT assassin. William Martin's trademark is interweaving richly detailed historical stories together with his gripping modern-day treasure hunts. But the history here is a page-turning thriller in its own right and THE LINCOLN LETTER may be his best yet. I am a fan of William Martin, and I got even more than I expected out of this one. Take it to the beach or bring it to your book club. Either way, you won't be disappointed!
CIrish More than 1 year ago
This book, like everything William Martin puts out, is incredibly entertaining. The impeccable research that went into this book helps the reader visualize Lincoln's Civil War. Honestly, if you are a fan of the National Treasure movies, you will love "The Lincoln Letter", and any other of the Peter Fallon series by Martin. My only disappointment when I finished this book was that it was done and I would have to wait for Mr. Martin to finish a new book. Really, I assure you, you will love it.
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I love all the Peter Fallon stories. I love the way William Martin works the history into the present. His books and audiobooks are all spellbinding. I can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! I usually stick to non-fiction, when it comes to history, but this historical fiction (based on real events) ties the past and present so flawlessly that it brought chills to my spine more than once. A wonderful, engaging story, and a must-read for anyone who enjoys the Civil War era or Lincoln history. I think even those who aren't history enthusiasts won't be able to put it down.
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civiwarlibrarian More than 1 year ago
In a novel that is both clever and precariously balanced, William Martin offers two plots which are separated by 150 years. Archivist Peter Fallon and media consultant Evangeline Carrrington are modern treasure hunters who are on the trail of a pocket diary kept by Abraham Lincoln which he lost in the military telegraph office during 1862. Does it contain Lincoln's private thoughts as he contemplates the emancipation of those slaves held by Southerners in rebellion? Fallon has found a letter written by Lincoln that hints that the diary existed. Is waiting to be found? Scholars from different academic camps and multi-millionaires with political agendas are on the diary's trail. Some want the journal for political prestige, symbolic value, or in order to denigrate Lincoln and take him off his pedestal. Some hope that the diary reveals the dark truth about Lincoln's emancipation proclamation that may enhance or destroy certain scholars' and politicans' reputations. In 1862 Lieutenant Halsey Hutchison, wounded veteran of an 1861 battle is a telegrapher and courier in the military telegraph office that Lincoln frequently visits. Upon finding Lincoln's pocket diary, he gaines new adversaries: Pinkerton detectives who may be involved in a coup d'etate with McClellan at its center, a brothel owner who has a lot of politicans in his pocket, and an abolitionist who seeks to keep the diary out of the hands of proslavery Democratic politicians. The 1862 setting allows for a certain frequency in the use of guns and knives that the 2012 does not allow. Both the 1862 and the modern Washington D.C. are well described and the characters manners and behaviors reflect the eras. African Americans are key characters in both eras. Civil War reenactors inhabit the modern era. Martin handles the two plots well; neither gets too far behind or too far ahead of the other. Characters are unique to their era. Overall, The Lincoln Letter page turner in which readers are offered fine descriptions of Washington D.C. in 1862 and 2012.
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Leigh-Erica More than 1 year ago
William Martin is always able to bridge the past and the present in way the is exciting and entertaining. I can't wait for the next installment of the Peter Fallon series.
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