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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: J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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