Washington, DC, 1861: As the United States teeters on the
brink of civil war, Colonel Charles P. Rook organizes security in the nation’s
capitol and monitors the death threats pouring in to the White House. He surrounds
Abraham Lincoln with bodyguards, covers rooftops with sharpshooters, and
investigates rumors of conspiracy fomented by secessionists. Yet amidst the
chaos and confusion, a mysterious killer slips into the teeming city. Hired by
a wealthy Southern planter to eliminate President Lincoln and destroy the Union
once and for all, the assassin catches Rook’s attention by cutting down anyone
who gets in his way.
As the bodies begin to pile up, Rook realizes he is caught
in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a cold-blooded killer who will stop
at nothing to complete his mission. Rook’s only hope is Portia, a runaway slave
who holds the key to the assassin’s identity, if she can stay alive long enough
to deliver it. Packed with dynamic characters, rich period detail, and a
chillingly sinister villain, The First Assassin is a riveting thriller
for fans of historical fiction.
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