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Bloody Crimes

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On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received the telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time - the Yankees are coming. That evening, shortly before midnight, Davis boarded a train from Richmond and fled the capital. But in two weeks time, John Wilkes Booth would assassinate the president, and the nation was convinced that Davis was the mastermind of the crime. No longer merely a traitor, Davis became a murderer, a wanted man with a one-hundred-thousand-dollar bounty on his head. Over the course of several weeks, Union cavalry led an intense and thrilling chase through the Carolinas and Georgia. Davis' final journey into captivity, with its moments of great suffering and intense drama, transformed him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause. Another man was also undergoing his last journey. Abraham Lincoln's final sojourn began on April 19 after the White House funeral. From there a solemn procession escorted him to the Capitol rotunda, where tens of thousands of mourners viewed him in death. This was just the beginning. On April 21, one week after he was shot, four-hundred soldiers escorted him to the Baltimore and Ohio railroad depot and placed him aboard the special train that would carry him home on the nearly 1,700 mile trip to Springfield. By the time it was over, Lincoln's corpse had been unloaded from the train 10 times and placed on public view in all the great cities of the North between Washington and Springfield, making it the largest, most elaborate, and magnificent funeral pageant in American history. The saga that began with Manhunt continues with the exciting and suspenseful "Bloody Crimes" and with the stories of two fallen leaders counterpoised, their final journeys shaping their legends among a wounded nation and throughout a bloody landscape.
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James Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Manhunt and its sequel, Bloody Crimes.


"Gripping - sometimes even gruesome - and heartrending.... Brilliant." -- USA Today "With the publication of Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson emerges as one of America's greatest historians. Swanson recounts the closing drama of the Civil War with hair-raising precision and the vivid narrative drive of a top-tier novelist. A grand tour de force!" -- Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America "James Swanson is a master storyteller. Bloody Crimes is not only a thoroughly terrific read; it is a valuable contribution to history. Swanson's brilliant decision to weave together the final days of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis provides fresh and compelling insights on both familiar figures." -- Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln "Striking ....Full of vigorous prose and dynamic stories about the period immediately following the end of the Civil War." -- Kirkus Reviews "Swanson's account of Lincoln's death pageant is moving, but Davis' flight lends the book enough suspense to drive a Hollywood thriller.. . Swanson knows how to keep his audience breathlessly entertained. It's Davis' surprising turn as a tragic figure in Bloody Crimes, however, that might prove most memorable." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch "Page-turning....Swanson again creates page-turning suspense out of historical events. . . .Gripping.... Swanson has the gift to make [history] compelling." -- Associated Press "A haunting masterpiece. James Swanson has written a thrilling book of death and longing, of defeat and resurrection." -- Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caught and Tell No One "A brilliant narrative that keeps the reader spellbound from beginning to end. James Swanson's vivid style and historical accuracy are unsurpassed, and he makes the parallel journeys of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis come magically alive. I wish I had written this book." -- Edward Steers, Jr., author of Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and The Lincoln Assassination Encyclopedia "James Swanson is a giant. With his instant classic Manhunt, and its triumphant follow up Bloody Crimes, Swanson proves beyond all doubt that he is a master of historical true-crime epic.....Bloody Crimes is irresistibly captivating. I highly recommend it." -- Vincent Bugliosi, Edgar award-winning author of Helter Skelter and Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy "James Swanson has done it again. Bloody Crimes is a moving, evocative trip back in time to the tumultuous spring of 1865. Swanson's meticulous research and sparkling prose make it an essential companion to his award winning bestseller, Manhunt." -- Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

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