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Aug 09, 2016 | ISBN 9781629537771

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“Putnam’s well-researched first novel…does a fine job presenting a recognizable young Abraham Lincoln.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

“[A] well-researched debut mystery…Eye-opening historical details on hunting runaway slaves and 19th-century poorhouses will interest readers who enjoy works by Caleb Carr and E.L. Doctorow.”
Library Journal

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

“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, bestselling author of The President’s Shadow

“What a splendid debut novel! Jonathan Putnam combines an 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 winner and author of The Bully Pulpit

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

“Putnam takes the real-life friendship of Lincoln and Speed and spins a wonderful fictional history of their first years together…A well-researched book that will appeal to fans of historical fiction, and a book that should be on a Lincoln buff’s reading list.”
Historical Novel Society

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, and I can’t wait to read his next book.”
—Alex Grecian, national bestselling author of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series

“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, critically-acclaimed author of The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective

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