On October 20, 1875, Secret Service agents raid the Illinois workshop of master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd and arrest him. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather and devise a plan to get Boyd back: steal Abraham Lincoln’s body from its tomb, stash it in a secret location, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Boyd – and $200,000 in cash.
The action in this true crime thriller alternates among the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover double agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way, get a glimpse into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln’s tomb on election night, 1876.
This is the sixth book I read from my post Credit Where Credit’s Due. I read about Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin from Ionia at Readful Things Blog. You can read her thoughts on the book here.
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers is the true recount of the attempt to body snatch President Lincoln’s remains as ransom for $200,000 and the release of talented counterfeiter, Billy Boyd.
When I started reading this, I didn’t actually realise that it was true. Surprisingly it is!
Not knowing much American history, I found it all very fascinating learning not only about the attempted crime however also about what was going on around that era.
The story itself is interesting however the author also presented it very well. I loved the pictures and excerpts throughout – this is a book that you want the hard copy of not the eBook.
The book flowed well and kept my attention throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to not only young adult readers however all ages.