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 Lincolnrecorded his innermost thoughtsas 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 thecourse of a nation.Peter and Evangeline mustrace against these determined adversaries to uncover a document that could shake the foundation of Lincoln's legacy. From William Martin, theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Lost Constitution,The Lincoln Letteris a breathless chase across the Washington of today as well as a political thriller set in our besieged Civil War capital.It
International bestseller Martin (City of Dreams) returns with another Peter Fallon historical thriller, this time following the dangerous trail of a lost Lincoln document. Boston antiquarian bookseller Fallon and his erstwhile fiancee Evangeline Carrington seem rather tired of their heroic roles, reluctantly getting caught up in a tense drama when a letter written by Lincoln the day he was killed hints at the existence of a personal diary lost early in the Civil War. Several opposing Washington, D.C., players are desperate to find what Civil War flashbacks show has inspired devious plots and murder. Unfortunately, this central tension is not terribly convincing; Martin strains to justify the practical importance of a diary recounting the president's thoughts on race and emancipation after emancipation was a reality, and a high-octane fight over it 150 years later feels similarly contrived. Still, there's pleasure in the pacing and research even when the novel succumbs to occasional indulgent lulls. The idea of uncovering such a piece of history is exciting in and of itself, no matter what its impact-violent or otherwise-might be on the political arena. Agent: Roger Gottlieb. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 21, 2012
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