The Hour of Peril

The Hour of Peril

The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

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Presents the true story of the "Baltimore Plot" conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War, tracing the efforts of detective Allan Pinkerton and private eye Kate Warne to identify and stop the would-be killers.

McMillan Palgrave

“It's history that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller.” Harlan Coben

Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the “Baltimore Plot,” an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War in THE HOUR OF PERIL.

In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.

As Lincoln’s train rolled inexorably toward “the seat of danger,” Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. With time running out Pinkerton took a desperate gamble, staking Lincoln’s life—and the future of the nation—on a “perilous feint” that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would survive to become president. Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the story of the “Baltimore Plot” is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding historical narrative with the pace and urgency of a race-against-the-clock thriller.

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2013

Winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime

Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction

Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for Best Critical or Non-fiction Work

Winner of the 2014 Macavity Award for Best Nonfiction



Baker
& Taylor

The Edgar Award-winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl presents the dramatic true story of the "Baltimore Plot" conspiracy to assassinate the 16th President on the eve of the Civil War, tracing the efforts of detective Allan Pinkerton and widowed private eye Kate Warne to identify and stop the would-be killers.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2013
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur edition
ISBN: 9780312600228
0312600224
Branch Call Number: 973.68 St289h 2013
Characteristics: p. cm

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An Edgar award-winning mystery writer delves into a little-known plot to assassinate Lincoln...well before (spoiler!) the assassination that actually happened.


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