Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

About James L. Swanson

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James L.Swanson is the Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln¿s Killer. In 2009 in Newsweek magazine, Patricia Cornwell named Swanson's Manhunt and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood as the two best nonfiction crime books ever. In 2006, Entertainment Weekly magazine named Manhunt one of the ten best books of the year. Swanson has degrees in history from The University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and law from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the Ford¿s Theatre Society. His other books include the acclaimed photographic history Lincoln¿s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as Chasing Lincoln¿s Killer, and adaptations of Manhunt and Bloody Crimes for young readers. James L. Swanson was born on Lincoln¿s birthday.
Published September 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As President Lincoln delivers victory speeches in April 1865, an enraged John Wilkes Booth vows death: “Now, by God, I'll put him through.” Every bit of dialogue is said to come from original sources, adding a chill to the already disturbing conspiracy that Swanson unfolds in detail as Booth pers...

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With a glut of material out there about Lincoln’s life, death and reign as President of the United States, some might ask, “Who needs yet another book out there about the subject?” But with the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth coming up --- and Swanson’s own birthday, of course --- CHASING LI...

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The New Yorker

My best friend was killed by an old, probably incontinent, certainly arthritic, man with no facial hairstyling sensibilities, and this is how I have to find out about it—in a book review.

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A true historical account of the assassination of President Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, Swanson’s book reads like a fast-paced suspense novel.

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