December 5, 2012 New Novel Posits "Lost Diary" of Abraham Lincoln

“The Lincoln Letter” Is Latest in Peter Fallon Series

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What if Abraham Lincoln recorded his innermost thoughts as he moved toward the realization that he must end slavery? What if he lost that diary, but a recently discovered letter suggests that the diary is still out there?

Such is the premise of “The Lincoln Letter” (Tor/Forge, 2012) by William Martin, his latest mystery novel featuring treasure-hunter Peter Fallon. Martin will discuss and sign his book, which he researched at the Library of Congress, on Monday, Dec. 10, at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond program, sponsored by the Center for the Book, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

In “The Lincoln Letter,” author Martin brings the Civil War era to life not only with the figure of Lincoln but also with Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Wilkes Booth and others. Readers see Washington not just as the bustling modern city it is today; they also see the Washington of 1862 – a muddy city of Confederate spies, gambling dens, overcrowded military hospitals and a partially constructed Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.

William Martin has written 10 novels, including his first, “Back Bay,” which spent 14 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. His books have sold more than 3 million copies.

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PR 12-224
ISSN 0731-3527