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Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer (Paperback)
Soon to be an Apple TV Series
“James Swanson has written a terrific narrative of the hunt for Lincoln’s killers that will mesmerize the reader from start to finish just as the actual manhunt mesmerized the entire nation. It is a triumphant book.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history--the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry troops on a wild, 12-day chase from the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.
Based on rare archival materials, obscure trial transcripts, and Lincoln’s own blood relics Manhunt is a fully documented, fascinating tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal. A gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters, it is history as it’s never been read before.
James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.
“James Swanson has written a terrific narrative . . . a triumphant book.” — Doris Kearns Goodwin
“Brilliant! Absolutely haunting. . . . This historical book is almost impossible to put down.” — Patricia Cornwell
“A gripping page-turner . . . Riviting . . . Booth comes across as viscerally real.” — Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)
“Told expertly . . . Swanson’s moment by moment account of the 12-day chase is compulsively readable.” — Wall Street Journal
“Extraordinary . . . Brilliant . . . As gripping as any tightly scripted crime drama” — Boston Globe
“An action-adventure . . . infuse[d] with high drama. . . . A multifaceted chronicle.” — New York Times
“Vividly readable example of the you-are-there genre . . . managed with ‘CSI’ immediacy.” — Washington Post