Synopses & Reviews
“One of the most exciting thrillers I have read in a long, long time. This is historical fiction at its best.”—Brad Thor, author of The Apostle
Washington, D.C., 1861: As the United States teeters on the brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes security in the nations capitol and monitors the death threats pouring in to the White House. He surrounds Abraham Lincoln with bodyguards, covers rooftops with sharpshooters, and investigates rumors of conspiracy fomented by secessionists. Yet amidst the chaos and confusion, a mysterious killer slips into the teeming city. Hired by a wealthy Southern planter to eliminate President Lincoln and destroy the Union once and for all, the assassin catches Rooks attention by cutting down anyone who gets in his way.
As the bodies begin to pile up, Rook realizes he is caught in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to complete his mission. Rooks only hope is Portia, a runaway slave who holds the key to the assassins identity—if she can stay alive long enough to deliver it. Packed with dynamic characters, rich period detail, and a chillingly sinister villain, The First Assassin is a riveting thriller for fans of historical fiction.
“Utterly compelling, the novel sweeps the reader along multiple storylines which converge at one point, one moment, where history pivots on its axis. A skilled writer of nonfiction, Miller uses his knowledge and research to create a powerful thriller.”—Robert Ferrigno, author of Heart of the Assassin
"The Day Of The Jackal makes such comparable books as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold seems like Hardy Boy mysteries." The New York Times
"A masterpiece tour de force of crisp, sharp, suspenseful writing." The Wall Street Journal
"Inventive, organized, believable and absolutely spellbinding....Suspense fiction at its very best and a cliffhanger par excellence." The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the world. An assassin with a contract to kill the world's most heavily guarded man.
One man with a rifle who can change the course of history. One man whose mission is so secretive not even his employers know his name. And as the minutes count down to the final act of execution, it seems that there is no power on earth that can stop the Jackal.
Packed with dynamic characters, rich period detail, and a chillingly sinister villain, The First Assassin is a riveting thriller for fans of historical fiction.
About the Author
Frederick Forsyth is a British author and occasional political commentator. He is best known for thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War, The Odessa File, The Fist of God, Icon, The Veteran, Avenger and recently The Afghan.