A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Lincoln's Grave Robbers explores a little-known conspiracy to steal the assassinated president's body and hold it for ransom. It provides a solidly researched look into the ill-fated plot itself and the history of counterfeiting rings.
On its most basic level, Lincoln's Grave Robbers proves that crime doesn't pay. But it also demonstrates that the best-laid plans of those in authority can be undone by bad luck and overconfidence.
Positive Role Models
Patrick Tyrell of the Chicago Secret Services does his utmost to protect the remains of Abraham Lincoln. He's virtually the only lawman to take the rumors of the conspiracy seriously and work actively to foil them. Despite his indefatigability, he also proves very human, capable of making errors that threaten to undo all his hard work.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are drawn and warning shots fired, but otherwise there is very little violent content.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The conspirators do much of their business at a saloon called The Hub. Assorted drunks appear from time to time.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the nonfiction Lincoln's Grave Robbers is a fascinating look at a little-remembered episode in post-Civil War history. It gives a fair amount of background on the history of counterfeiting currency in America and then proceeds to chronicle the twisted tale of a group of counterfeiters who conspired to steal the assassinated president's body and ransom it for cash and the release of one of their confederates. It's another detailed, suspenseful story by Steve Sheinkin, author of the acclaimed Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.
Is It Any Good?
LINCOLN'S GRAVE ROBBERS is an exciting, fast-paced and well-researched chronicle of a little-known sidelight of post-Civil War history. It provides the right amount of background on the history of counterfeiting in America, then gets down to the twisty tale of a plot to steal a beloved president's remains. The real-life cast is populated with some fascinating characters, from upright lawmen to conniving counterfeiters to a slippery double agent. Author Steve Sheinkin presents the material with clear prose and an eye for the telling detail.
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