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Final Resting Place by Jonathan F. Putnam
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3.5/5 Stars

It's the height of election season, and Abraham Lincoln is running for the Illinois state legislature while Stephen Douglas runs for the US Senate. The two of them wind up facing off in a courtroom, as Lincoln defends a man accused of murdering his rival for a political appointment and Douglas serves as prosecutor.

There are additional subplots, involving the Second Great Revival, and Lincoln's unfortunate ill luck as a suitor (he's already lost one lady friend to illness, and another is poisoned in the course of the book). Lincoln, along with his longtime friend Joshua Speed, decides he needs to solve both his lady friend's murder and the one for which he is defending a man whom he truly believes is innocent despite the evidence.

The author, Jonathan F. Putnam, is both an attorney and a Lincoln scholar, so there's no doubt that he's done his homework. I thought the plot was well-constructed, although there were times when the pacing lagged. Still, the "whodunnit" came as a shock. Likewise, I enjoyed the historic detail.
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Reading Progress

September 22, 2018 – Started Reading
September 22, 2018 – Shelved
September 22, 2018 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
September 22, 2018 –
page 16
5.56%
September 23, 2018 –
page 25
8.68%
September 25, 2018 –
page 54
18.75%
September 26, 2018 –
page 99
34.38%
September 27, 2018 –
page 116
40.28%
September 28, 2018 –
page 129
44.79%
September 29, 2018 –
page 154
53.47%
September 30, 2018 –
page 177
61.46%
October 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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