A House Divided

A House Divided

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"In the winter of 1839, a sensational disappearance rocks Springfield, Illinois, as headlines announce a local man has accused his two brothers of murder. Not one to pass up an opportunity, Abraham Lincoln takes up the case of the accused with the assistance of his best friend Joshua Speed to search for evidence of innocence. But just as soon as they begin, Lincoln and Speed find their friendship at grave risk of rupture as they vie for the hand a beautiful new arrival in town: an ambitious, outspoken young woman named Mary Todd. As the trial arrives, can Lincoln and Speed put aside their differences to work together for justice once more? An innocent man's life may be in the balance - and nothing is as it seems"--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crooked Lane Books, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION PUT
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 24 cm

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Nov 13, 2019

In this fourth Lincoln and Speed mystery (my first), residents of Springfield range all over town in a mob, looking for the body of a man feared murdered. They don’t find him, but two brothers are charged with the murder anyway, on the testimony of a third brother. Lincoln is absorbed in other court cases as well as the crucial problems of lack of gold and silver in the economy, the stalled canal project, and Mary Todd. The judge directs him to take on the defense of one of the brothers, heartily approved by Speed, who owes Carpenter Archibald Trailor an enormous personal obligation.

It is interesting to observe how Springfield, and to some extent, Chicago, came to be. There are plenty of sharp business practices, unfinished buildings, undue influence by leading men in the town, and mud.

Lincoln’s intelligence and humor shine. I will be reading others in the series.

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