• Bloody Crimes

  • The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse
  • By: James L. Swanson
  • Narrated by: Richard Thomas
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 19-10-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time - the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president.

Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime. To the Union, Davis was no longer merely a traitor. He became a murderer, a wanted man with a $100,000 bounty on his head. Davis was hunted down and placed in captivity, the beginning of an intense and dramatic odyssey that would transform him into a martyr of the South's Lost Cause.

Meanwhile, Lincoln's final journey began when soldiers placed his corpse aboard a special train that would carry the fallen president through the largest and most magnificent funeral pageant in American history.

The saga that began with Manhunt continues with the suspenseful and electrifying Bloody Crimes. James Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.

©2010 James L. Swanson (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Mark
  • Casnewydd, United Kingdom
  • 26-05-11

Fascinating and well written

This is a beautifully written book. It occasionally suffers from stretching out the material to fill a book: there are just too many lists of how much black ribbon was used where. That is its only shortcoming, though. The narration never intrudes but always completes the story.