"Washington D.C. during the final weeks of the Civil War is perfectly realized…Robertson has authentically assumed not only the voice but also the persona of a real person; it would have been easy for him to vilify Surratt, but instead, in his wisdom, he has imbued Surratt with a compelling ambiguity of character."–Booklist
"Brings to mind two other fiction debuts, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Caleb Carr’s The Alienist…but it offers its own potent inducements, notably an immensely compelling subject–the plot to assassinate Lincoln–and a charismatic antihero, John Wilkes Booth…brilliantly capitalizes on the inexorability of historical fact; few readers will put it down as it surges toward the horror of April 14, 1865."–Publishers Weekly
"Riveting in its depiction of time and place…[Robertson’s]portrait of wartime Washington in the last days of the Civil War is filled with vivid particulars, and his rendering of the hustling spirit of the town, with almost everyone angling for money or power, seems just right."–Kirkus Reviews
From the Hardcover edition.