A true crime thriller -- the first book for teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body! The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.
by Stephen King
by James Lee Burke
by Larry McMurtry
by Steve Toltz
by Steve Bramucci
by Steve Yates
"Few people know of the 1876 plot to snatch President Lincoln's body and ransom it for money and the release from jail of the era's most notorious counterfeiter, Ben Boyd. The plot was foiled only by the committed work of a Secret Service agent, a stool pigeon, and a loyal groundskeeper. Will Patton narrates this true story with tempered drama, bringing richness to the background material and excitement to the action. Patton's skillful manipulation of volume, pace, and expression catches listeners' attention, keeping them fully invested in Agent Patrick Tyrrell's attempts to thwart the gang of grave robbers. The entire family will enjoy this real-life cat-and-mouse thriller, complete with great characters, bungled plans, well-timed luck, and a spooky graveyard. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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