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Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
Chasing Lincoln's Killer

andonijacklet, December 23, 2013

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson is a historical fast paced thriller about John Wilkes Booth, the man who was behind the death of Abe Lincoln. He is with two other people, John Surratt and Booth’s associate. After Lincoln dies, Booth’s associates try to escape the police officers. Along the way, they go through many problems such as a broken leg, and conflicting opinions on their team. The novel takes place around the main event of his death in Washington D.C, on April 15th, 1865.

Swanson’s writing style comes off to be very pretentious and includes too much detail where it becomes difficult to understand which points are important and which points are filler. The interesting part is that the content of what Swanson’s book is discussing is more fascinating than the way it is written. I think that this book is great for someone who doesn’t have much of a background history on the assassination of Lincoln. However, since I knew most of the things that were in the book, it didn’t catch my attention. On the other hand, I enjoyed that it added new ways of looking at the event that most history novels wouldn’t include. The bottom-line, a historical take on Lincoln’s assassination has been done many times before, but Chasing Lincoln’s Killer brings many different points of view, which makes it more interesting. This book digs deeper about John Wilkes Booth, while other books focus the attention more on praising Lincoln. People who would like it are those who enjoy discussing history, and want to find out more details with visual explanations about the topic.
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