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The Hour of Peril

The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before The Civil War

By Daniel Stashower

“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.

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2013

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9780312600228


Format: Book
Author: Stashower, Daniel
Summary: Two-time Edgar award-winning author Daniel Stashower uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War.
Title: The hour of peril : the secret plot to murder Lincoln before the Civil War / Daniel Stashower.
Publisher Date: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Assassination attempt, 1861. Presidents -- Assassination attempts -- United States. Baltimore (Md.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Isbn: 9780312600228 (hbk.) 0312600224 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 973.7092 Sta
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Bib Id: 414738

Format: Book
Author: Stashower, Daniel
Summary: Two-time Edgar award-winning author Daniel Stashower uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War.
Title: The hour of peril : the secret plot to murder Lincoln before the Civil War / Daniel Stashower.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Description: ix, 354 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Assassination attempt, 1861.
Subjects: Presidents -- Assassination attempts -- United States.
Subjects: Baltimore (Md.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Long, narrow boxes -- The cooper and the rail-splitter. His hour had not yet come ; The apprentice ; How I became a detective ; Ardent spirits ; Pink lady ; Let us dare to do our duty ; It's coming yet -- Plums and nuts. A pig-tail whistle ; Mobtown ; Suspicions of danger ; Hostile organizations ; The man and the hour ; If I alone must do it ; A postponed rebellion ; A rabid rebel ; Whitewash ; The music agent ; A few determined men ; An assault of some kind ; The assassin's knife -- The martyr and the scapegoat. The flight of Abraham ; The hour of peril ; Some very tall swearing ; An infamous lie.
LCCN: 2012042103
ISBN: 9780312600228 (hbk.)
ISBN: 0312600224 (hbk.)
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Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 973.7092 Sta