Benjamin King puts a new twist on the old mystery of Lincoln’s death. Deep within the plot is the manipulative and corrosive character Anderson. The same man who outwitted the Confederates in King’s first novel, A Bullet for Stonewall,
is back to execute the most history-altering plan of his career. King has done extensive research on the assassination as well as the years that followed. In his work, he looked at how political plans changed following Lincoln’s death. The guiding factor of his sleuthing was to determine who seemed to benefit from the aftermath. And thus he found the premise for this, his second novel.
A group of young Wall Street entrepreneurs, including soon-to-be-tycoon J. P. Morgan, analyze the impact of the end of the war. They are angered by Lincoln’s plan to invest in rebuilding the South. They search for a way to guarantee that the government will, instead, invest in their economic interests in the West. That search leads them to Anderson, the assassin with a money-back guarantee.
Under numerous guises, he begins to assemble a plot to frame the South for the death of the president. Befriending Booth, Anderson inspires the actor to take control of his Southern sympathies and put actions behind his feelings. Meanwhile, he also infiltrates a Confederate spy ring, adding more names to the list of scapegoats he will leave behind.
Relying heavily on historical accuracies, A Bullet for Lincoln minimizes its fictional medium, making Anderson and his task highly believable. The pressure of a federal agent closing in for his own kill heightens the challenge and suspense for Anderson. He faces unparalleled dangers as he tries to maintain his secret identity and still pull off the greatest coup in the nation’s history.