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Publisher Description

In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson—the Edgar® Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt—brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of the Lincoln assassination and the momentous  20 -day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield. A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images—some never before seen—Bloody Crimes is a fascinating companion to Swanson’s Manhunt and  a riveting true-crime thriller that will electrify civil war buffs, general readers, and everyone in between.

September 28
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

a lincoln reader ,

Bloody Crimes

I ordered this iBook because I had so thoroughly enjoyed reading James Swanson's earlier book on the search for President Lincoln's killer, "Manhunt".

In Manhunt Swanson makes heavy use of dialog (taken from courtroom testimony and contemporary newspaper accounts of those who assisted Booth in his efforts to evade capture. The reconstruction of eye-witness conversations draws the reader into the story as if it were happening today.

Bloody Crimes is a much more conventional narrative of the assassination of the President of the United States and the national obsession to honor him in death. In the telling that story is contrasted with the simultaneous events surrounding the flight and eventual capture of the President of the Confederate States of America in the closing days of the Civil War.

The books are quite different in this respect. Manhunt reads like an exciting detective novel, and a real page turner. Bloody Crimes reads like a factual presentation of two sad but defining moments in American history. As such, Bloody Crimes may hold appeal mostly among those with keen interest in Lincoln or Civil War history.

Wobes ,

Bloody Crimes

Excellent account of the events surrounding the end of the Civil War. The book makes one want to visit all the places where these occurred.

Spaz puppy ,

Fascinating Book

Just finished it this morning. GREAT BOOK!!!!! A MUST READ for anyone who loves America and Her history. Gripping. I could actually "See" the whole "Pageant of Lincoln's Corpse" as it move from state to state; I could "feel" the Jefferson Davis' chase , capture and return to the South to live out the rest of his life. "With malice toward none, with charity for all".....

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