Perish from the Earth Audiobook by Jonathan F. Putnam


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Listen to this audiobook free with a 30-day trial. Go to Title: Perish from the Earth Subtitle: The Lincoln and Speed Mysteries, Book 2 Author: Jonathan F. Putnam Narrator: Lloyd James Format: Unabridged Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins Language: English Release date: 07-11-17 Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Ratings: 4.5 of 5 out of 2 votes Genres: Mysteries & Thrillers, Historical Publisher's Summary: Newly minted trial lawyer Abraham Lincoln is riding the circuit, traveling by carriage with other lawyers and a judge to bring justice to the remote parts of Illinois. Meanwhile, Lincoln's close friend, Joshua Speed, is steaming up the Mississippi River, aboard a steamboat owned by Speed's father, when suddenly his journey is interrupted when a rigged card game aboard the ship turns to violence - and then murder. When a young traveling artist is accused of the crime, Speed enlists Lincoln to defend him. Together, Lincoln and Speed work to find evidence of the artist's innocence. But soon they come to discover that more than just the card games are crooked aboard the Speed family's ship. As the day of judgment hurtles toward them, Lincoln and Speed must fight to save not only the life of Lincoln's client but also the merit of Speed's good name. Meticulously research and deftly plotted, Jonathan F. Putnam's second Lincoln and Speed mystery, Perish from the Earth, is the superlative follow-up to These Honored Dead, praised by Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin as " of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time". Members Reviews: Well-done historical mystery---good story, interesting history Young Joshua Speed books passage on his fatherâs steamship War Eagle in order to look into some business issues for his father, but on board a young man gets ruined financially in a rigged card game, and a man is murdered. Speed and his friend, attorney and state legislator Abraham Lincoln, become involved in order to clear a young artist who is arrested for the crime, and they discover that crooked gambling is only one of a number of very shady activities along the mighty Mississippi. When I open the second book in a series, I always do it with my fingers crossed. Will the author be able to keep up a readerâs interest, or was one book all he had? Perish from the Earth, I am pleased to report, is even better than the first volume, with a good solid mystery AND more substantial historical flavor. Author Jonathan Putnam tells a good story, with satisfying surprises (including the choice of murder victim, who was NOT the person I expected to get killed!). Appropriately for a novel written by a Harvard Law School grad, there is a delightful courtroom scene in which the judge delivers his verdict from a rather unusual perspective! The book blurb and subtitle could mislead a reader into thinking Lincoln is the main character in the series, but Steed is definitely the protagonist, ably assisted by Lincoln, Joshuaâs feisty sister Martha, and the ancient enigmatic all-knowing Nanny Mae. A successful historical mystery demands a lot from an author if it is to build an authentic picture of the age in which it is set, and Jonathan Putnam has clearly done meticulous research, which he documents in a Historical Note at the end of the book. There is a good depiction of the controversy over slavery as it was fomenting in 1837, including the working of the underground railroad along the river and the murder of a prominent radical abolitionist, Elijah Lovejoy, at the hands of a mob.

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