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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (995 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen L. Carter Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780307989796
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Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial.

Twenty-one year old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.”

And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.

Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “History buffs can test their mettle by trying to unwind Carter’s entangling of fact and fiction, but anyone should enjoy this rich political thriller that dares to imagine how events might have ricocheted in a different direction after the Civil War.”

    Washington Post

  • “The best thing about sitting down with this rich, often thrilling novel is watching its alternative history unfold.”

    Washingtonian

  • “A smart and engaging what-if that has the virtue of being plausible…Abigail makes for a grandly entertaining sleuth.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This novel has all the juicy stew of post-Civil War Washington, with the complexities of race, class, and sex mixed in. Carter draws on historical documents and a vivid imagination to render a fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama…Imaginatively conceived.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • With an encyclopedic command of period detail . . . Carter has created an entertaining story rooted in the legal, political and racial conflicts of 19th-century America. . . . Carter’s delight in all this material is infectious. He’s a fantastic legal dramatist, and there’s the constant pleasure of seeing his creation of Washington City in 1867, alive with sounds and smells. . . . History buffs can test their mettle by trying to unwind Carter’s entangling of fact and fiction, but anyone should enjoy this rich political thriller that dares to imagine how events might have ricocheted in a different direction after the Civil War. Ron Charles, The Washington Post
  • [T]he best legal thriller so far this year . . . I’ve liked Carter’s four previous forays into fiction. This one, I loved. Patrik Henry Bass, Essence Magazine
  • Washington readers will get a kick out of comparing Carter’s vivid portrait of late-19th-century DC with the city they know today. . . . But the best thing about sitting down with this rich, often thrilling novel is watching its alternative history unfold. John Wilwol, The Washingtonian
     
  • [T]he streets come alive in his vision of Washington . . . Carter’s tale comes to a conclusion as thrilling and untidy as the actual events that unfolded during the turbulent postwar years. Andrew Dunn, Bloomberg.com 
  • A smart and engaging what-if that has the virtue of being plausible . . . Abigail makes for a grandly entertaining sleuth. Kirkus Reviews 
  • This novel has all the juicy stew of post–Civil War Washington, with the complexities of race, class, and sex mixed in. Carter draws on historical documents and a vivid imagination to render a fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama . . . Imaginatively conceived. Vanessa Bush, Booklist (starred)
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cas Saint denis | 2/18/2014

    " My favorite quote: "But, for all its outward glory, the Capitol was really a glorified mens' club, purchased at enormous expense by the people of the United States for the benefit of those who ruled them without ever quite representing them." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venus | 2/15/2014

    " Great Stephen Carter times. Loved the main character, fun to wonder what if. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/23/2014

    " I love to read anything about Lincoln and this is a really interesting reimagining of what it would have been like had he survived the assasination at Ford's Theater and the aftermath of the Civil War "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Fetterman | 1/10/2014

    " This is the first alternative history that I've read, and the premise was interesting. The author obviously did a lot of research, and the book was well done. I wanted to like it enough to give it four stars, but somewhat embarrassingly, the large number of characters and multi-layered, in depth plot confused me at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cara | 1/9/2014

    " I expected a fascinating alternate history tale about Abraham Lincoln with interesting socio-politico-historical tidbits, but I instead got a Nancy Drew style mystery (Lincoln only appears as a prop) with extremely shallow plot conventions and cardboard characters. I really don't understand how this is a bestseller with so many positive reviews. Putting this one down ~150 pages in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting take on what might have been if Lincoln had survived the assassination attempt at Ford's Theater. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 1/1/2014

    " The ending was a complete cop out. I will not be reading another book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta | 12/29/2013

    " An ambitious and interesting story line. However, it lacked the depth of insight into the inner workings of Abigail, the female lead, in the same way that he has shown the female characters in past novels. It may be that he invested so much into developing such a difficult subject that he didn't have as much left for the character development in this one. So, worth reading, but I like his other works more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 12/29/2013

    " This book was pretty good...until the last 10%. I the interest of avoiding spoilers all I'm gonna say is I feel like I was robbed...and, yes, I'm bitter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Herman | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting history based book. Lots of trial lawyer detail. Test your knowledge of the exceptions to the hearsay rule, circa 1867. I did not like the ending, however. But the author mixes real people with hypothetical events, and keeps you interested with great historic details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Hyde | 11/11/2013

    " Very detailed book.... I prefered Stephen King's take on the JFK assasination instead. (Similar plot of "What if famous person was never assassinated?") "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 10/24/2013

    " Written so well that I caught myself thinking this was a story of fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don Paske | 9/17/2013

    " This was an ok book but the historical fiction takes a back seat to the mystery surrounding certain events in the book. Other readers have commented that the ending was weak; I agree. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/6/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. The view point was good and the ending wasn't what I expected. (Which I enjoyed, yet didn't enjoy at the same time) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy Casto | 4/20/2013

    " Slightly disappointed...great topic and the author did a great job exploring the 'what ifs' of this time period, but the author's style just didn't suit me, personally. It felt long and drawn-out in places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren | 4/16/2013

    " Clever. Fast paced. Very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 11/14/2012

    " Compelling story, interesting characters... ponderous writing. I wanted so desperately to love this book, I constantly wonder "what if?" and alternate history is among my favorite genres. However, try as I might, I just could not get involved in this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 9/10/2012

    " I have enjoyed other and equally long books by this author but this one didn't do anything for me. I just wanted it to end so I could move on to something else. I never got caught up in the alternate history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Book | 7/18/2012

    " Was the end worth the long plodding story that took forever to read? No. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen L. CarterStephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He and his family live near New Haven, Connecticut.
About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.