By Daniel Stashower
"It's historical past that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller." —Harlan Coben
Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning writer of The appealing Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting real tale of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln at the eve of the Civil conflict within the HOUR OF PERIL.
In February of 1861, simply days prior to he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln confronted a "clear and fully-matured" hazard of assassination as he traveled through teach from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a interval of 13 days the mythical detective Allan Pinkerton labored feverishly to discover and thwart the plot, assisted through an enthralling younger widow named Kate Warne, America's first girl inner most eye.
As Lincoln's teach rolled inexorably towards "the seat of danger," Pinkerton struggled to solve the ever-changing info of the homicide plot, at the same time he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to think that the chance used to be genuine. With time working out Pinkerton took a determined gamble, staking Lincoln's life—and the way forward for the nation—on a "perilous feint" that appeared to supply the one probability that Lincoln might live to tell the tale to turn into president. Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the tale of the "Baltimore Plot" is without doubt one of the nice untold stories of the Civil struggle period, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding ancient narrative with the velocity and urgency of a race-against-the-clock mystery.
A Washington put up Notable Nonfiction ebook of 2013
Winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for top truth Crime
Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for top Nonfiction
Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for most sensible severe or Non-fiction paintings
Winner of the 2014 Macavity Award for most sensible Nonfiction
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The future fuel dock is at the corner site of the upper landmass (center). A few oil wells remain on the peninsula. ) In order to maintain adequate tidal action and ocean flow into the Grand Canal, which will now open to the ocean through the harbor entrance channel instead of via Ballona Creek, two oil wells were removed and capped. In this 1959 photograph, the two coffer dams (circle area) are adjacent to the Lighthouse Bridge (center bottom) connecting the peninsula with the marina development.
48 As seen in the above photograph, taken in 1963, the “washing machine” wave action undermined the walkway along the seawall at Pieces of Eight restaurant (right). The damage was especially intense in the area next door, where the Harbor Administration Center is located on Fiji Way (below). The severity of the surge intensified the urgency for the US Army Corps of Engineers to speed up its short-term solution for immediate prevention of more damage as well as to develop a permanent safe-harbor plan.