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This romantic adventure conjures up the passionate life story of the Civil War era's legendary private eye, recounting dramatic exploits and his clandestine love affair with his partner

Allan Pinkerton's story opens in Chicago on the eve of the American Civil War. After battling con men, train robbers, and vicious gunmen, Pinkerton senses that change is in the air. Already committed to the abolitionist cause and the Underground Railroad, he allies himself with John Brown's radical antislavery crusade. Upholding the law with one hand, he unapologetically breaks it with the other.

Kate Warne joins the Pinkerton Agency — its first female detective — and quickly takes her place as Allan's closest confidante. He asks Kate to join him, and she embraces his cause in all its contradictions and extremes. Comrades-in-arms, their romantic passion becomes the most combustible and irresistible kind, the mutual affirmation of a world of two. Together they save the life of Abraham Lincoln on his inaugural journey to Washington, root out Confederate spies within the Union government, and establish the nation's first Secret Service, sending their agents deep behind enemy lines. Blind to all consequences, the secret lovers learn too late that some battles, no matter how right the cause, cannot be won.

Review:

"Former screenwriter Lerner's debut creatively reanimates Allan Pinkerton, founder of the country's first detective agency. Pinkerton narrates his adventuresome life and times, beginning in 1856 Chicago, as his Pinkerton National Detective Agency recruits a few good (male) operatives. When attractive, young Kate Warne applies for the job, she unknowingly puts female detectives into the history books. Tentatively at first (due to her 'femaleness'), Pinkerton slowly warms to Kate and her sleuthing acumen, particularly after she helps crack a major case and goes on to assist in thwarting a Maryland secessionist plot. As the pair's success grows, so does a romance, which gets messy since Pinkerton is already married. Meanwhile, Pinkerton's agency foils an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln, and Pinkerton establishes the nation's first secret service unit (in service to the Union Army), which takes on increasingly dangerous exploits. Lerner highlights Pinkerton's progressive politics and distinctive personal history with uncanny accuracy throughout this sharp-witted, romantic channeling of America's prototype investigative innovator." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Allan Pinkerton's life story has always read like a spy thriller. The hard-edged Scottish immigrant entered the pages of history as the founder of the famous Pinkerton National Detective Agency and as the head of the Union intelligence service during the Civil War. The dramatic Pinkerton logo — with the motto 'We Never Sleep' coiled beneath the image of a stern, unblinking eye — became such a potent... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Despite some grating linguistic anachronisms ('gobbledygook,' 'I'll have his ass in a sling'), a novel of wonderful historical plausibilities." Kirkus

Synopsis:

This romantic adventure conjures up the passionate life story of the Civil War era's legendary private eye, recounting dramatic exploits and his clandestine love affair with his partner
 
Allan Pinkerton's story opens in Chicago on the eve of the American Civil War. After battling con men, train robbers, and vicious gunmen, Pinkerton senses that change is in the air. Already committed to the abolitionist cause and the Underground Railroad, he allies himself with John Brown's radical antislavery crusade. Upholding the law with one hand, he unapologetically breaks it with the other.

 

Kate Warne joins the Pinkerton Agency--its first female detective-- and quickly takes her place as Allan's closest confidante. He asks Kate to join him, and she embraces his cause in all its contradictions and extremes. Comrades-in-arms, their romantic passion becomes the most combustible and irresistible kind, the mutual affirmation of a world of two. Together they save the life of Abraham Lincoln on his inaugural journey to Washington, root out Confederate spies within the Union government, and establish the nation's first Secret Service, sending their agents deep behind enemy lines. Blind to all consequences, the secret lovers learn too late that some battles, no matter how right the cause, cannot be won.

About the Author

Eric Lerner has written a memoir, Journey of Insight Meditation (Schocken, 1976), about his experiences traveling and living in Buddhist monasteries and communities in Asia and America. This background in the arcane led to his subsequent 20-year career as a screenwriter and producer in Hollywood. Films with his name on them include Bird on a Wire and Augustus, starring Peter O'Toole and Charlotte Rampling. Lerner currently lives in Boston.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805082784
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co.
Author:
Lerner, Eric
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Secret service
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Mystery
Subject:
Detective / General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
John MacRae Books
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.17 x 6.8 x 1.18 in

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Product details 336 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805082784 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Former screenwriter Lerner's debut creatively reanimates Allan Pinkerton, founder of the country's first detective agency. Pinkerton narrates his adventuresome life and times, beginning in 1856 Chicago, as his Pinkerton National Detective Agency recruits a few good (male) operatives. When attractive, young Kate Warne applies for the job, she unknowingly puts female detectives into the history books. Tentatively at first (due to her 'femaleness'), Pinkerton slowly warms to Kate and her sleuthing acumen, particularly after she helps crack a major case and goes on to assist in thwarting a Maryland secessionist plot. As the pair's success grows, so does a romance, which gets messy since Pinkerton is already married. Meanwhile, Pinkerton's agency foils an assassination attempt on Abraham Lincoln, and Pinkerton establishes the nation's first secret service unit (in service to the Union Army), which takes on increasingly dangerous exploits. Lerner highlights Pinkerton's progressive politics and distinctive personal history with uncanny accuracy throughout this sharp-witted, romantic channeling of America's prototype investigative innovator." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Despite some grating linguistic anachronisms ('gobbledygook,' 'I'll have his ass in a sling'), a novel of wonderful historical plausibilities."
"Synopsis" by ,
This romantic adventure conjures up the passionate life story of the Civil War era's legendary private eye, recounting dramatic exploits and his clandestine love affair with his partner
 
Allan Pinkerton's story opens in Chicago on the eve of the American Civil War. After battling con men, train robbers, and vicious gunmen, Pinkerton senses that change is in the air. Already committed to the abolitionist cause and the Underground Railroad, he allies himself with John Brown's radical antislavery crusade. Upholding the law with one hand, he unapologetically breaks it with the other.

 

Kate Warne joins the Pinkerton Agency--its first female detective-- and quickly takes her place as Allan's closest confidante. He asks Kate to join him, and she embraces his cause in all its contradictions and extremes. Comrades-in-arms, their romantic passion becomes the most combustible and irresistible kind, the mutual affirmation of a world of two. Together they save the life of Abraham Lincoln on his inaugural journey to Washington, root out Confederate spies within the Union government, and establish the nation's first Secret Service, sending their agents deep behind enemy lines. Blind to all consequences, the secret lovers learn too late that some battles, no matter how right the cause, cannot be won.

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