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Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance—a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course, he’ll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend. Together, Lincoln and Speed fight to bring justice to their small town. But as more bodies are discovered and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams, there’s one question on everyone’s lips: Does Lincoln have what it takes to crack his first murder case?

Inspired by actual events from the American frontier, Jonathan Putnam’s thrilling debut, These Honored Dead, brings a verve and vigor to the historical mystery genre that readers haven’t seen since Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What a splendid debut novel! Jonathan Putnam combines a historian’s understanding of character and context with a remarkable narrative drive that kept me fascinated from start to finish as I tried to figure out how the mystery would unfold. I read history during the days and mysteries every night before going to sleep, so for me, These Honored Dead was one of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “This book is a time machine, and the mystery at its core is equally elegant and brutal. Just like our history. But, man, is it fun to root for Abraham Lincoln.”

    Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • "These Honored Dead feels so completely authentic that it might very well be a recovered journal from the nineteenth century, peopled with true-life investigators named Lincoln and Speed. But the pacing is so assured, and the mystery is so intriguing that it can’t be anything but a masterfully crafted modern novel. Jonathan Putnam has crafted the most gripping debut in years.”

    Alex Grecian, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Trial lawyer Putnam’s well-researched first novel, a series launch, does a fine job presenting a recognizable young Abraham Lincoln…The courtroom scenes are nicely dramatic, and the final reveal a plausible surprise.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Lawyer Putnam bases his debut novel on a solid historical foundation, introducing the issue of emancipation, in the first of what looks to be a winning historical-mystery series.”


  • “Putnam combines the historical fact of a lifelong friendship with lively fiction in a debut set on the edge of the American frontier.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Young Mr. Lincoln makes a crackerjack detective. He and the narrator, Speed, are a fine Holmes and Watson. Putnam’s book is historical mystery at its best.”

    Will Thomas, Barry and Shamus Award–nominated author of Anatomy of Evil

  • "Anatomy of a Murder, frontier style; Lincoln lives again in this sharp and engaging period mystery. Great characters, solid research, and effective twists.”

    Stephen Gallagher, author of The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective

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