These Honored Dead

These Honored Dead

A Lincoln and Speed Mystery

Book - 2016
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Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln. When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course, he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend. Together, Lincoln and Speed fight to bring justice to their small town. But as more bodies are discovered and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams, there's one question on everyone's lips: does Lincoln have what it takes to crack his first murder case? Inspired by actual events from the American frontier, Jonathan Putnam's thrilling debut These Honored Dead brings renewed verve and vigor to the historical mystery genre that readers haven't seen since Caleb Carr's The Alienist.
Publisher: New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781629537771
Characteristics: 297 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 10, 2017

Joshua Speed and Lincoln shared lodgings from 1837 thru 1841, and remained lifelong friends after Speed's return to Louisville Kentucky. The author's background as a trial lawyer, and as an "avid amateur Lincoln scholar", add much this mystery. In truth, the narrator Joshua Speed takes the role of investigator while Lincoln makes sure that justice is done. Putnam peoples his story with historical figures and paints a lively, interesting portrait of Springfield 1837 without getting the reader bogged down in too much historical detail. An excellent debut mystery.


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