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Michael Schein is an attorney, historian, and author of the historical nonfiction work, JOHN SURRATT: THE LINCOLN ASSASSIN WHO GOT AWAY (April 2015), as well as two historical novels: BONES BENEATH OUR FEET (2011) (a Pacific NW Booksellers’ featured choice), and JUST DECEITS: A HISTORICAL COURTROOM MYSTERY (2008) (a #1-seller on KINDLE). Mr. Schein taught American Legal History at Seattle University Law School for 15 years. He is a frequent speaker for Humanities Washington, at conventions and at writers’ conferences, and serves as Director of the annual LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop. His poetry has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.

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On that worst of Good Fridays, April 14, 1865, at about 10:15 p.m., there is no question that John Wilkes Booth mortally wounded Abraham Lincoln. Nor is there any doubt that one of Booth’s principal co-conspirators was John H. Surratt, Jr. But whether Surratt was or was not in Washington D.C. on the night of the murder remains shrouded in mystery.
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Julene How was your book tour???? I'm curious about NYC reading and if any of my friends showed up?

Julene Hi Michael,
I'll for sure come to your book party! You can list your readings in the events listing on goodreads... Looking forward to your book. I'll show it to everybody I run into! Julene

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