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The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien
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Read in September, 2012

Received this title as a Goodreads giveaway. I thought the author was Tim O'Brien who wrote "The Things They Carried" about the Vietnam war; but, this is a different Timothy O'Brien and not the same author at all. Early into the book and it is intended as an action/adventure fictional account of what might have transpired in DC around Lincoln's death.
Finished the pre-publication edition this morning. The author's strength is in depicting the period of the nation - the transportation, the clothing, the beliefs, the occupations, the technology, etc. I particularly enjoyed the one scene with the photographer and his negative of the last photo of Lincoln. (I recently joined a photo club and am learning digital photography, so, there is a natural interest.) The plot was interesting and held my attention. Living in the DC suburbs, I was interested in the dated scenes of historic Washington DC sites, too.
The author's weakness is that I found the story often confusing - so many characters and not enough initial character development for the leads and little transition between scenes.
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