What would have happened if John Wilkes Booth’s assassin’s bullet had not been fatal? Stephen L. Carter takes on that question as he presents a thrilling mystery in The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. Set two years after the assassination attempt, President Lincoln is facing an impeachment trial. The law firm defending him has hired a bright young black woman, Abigail Canner, as a law clerk. Canner arrives at her new offices and almost immediately the partner in the law firm, McShane, is murdered alongside a woman outside a brothel. Canner becomes central in solving the mystery that is connected with the impeachment trial.
I greatly enjoyed this page-turner. It was clear the Carter, a professor of Law at Yale University, was well-versed in the legal background that was necessary to make this book believable and interesting. A very fun read.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012