Feb 10 2013 10:00am

The Hour of Peril: Audio Excerpt

Daniel Stashower

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower is a work of historical narrative non-fiction (available January 29, 2013).

In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of thirteen days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.

As Lincoln’s train rolled inexorably toward “the seat of danger,” Pinkerton struggled to unravel the ever-changing details of the murder plot, even as he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to believe that the danger was real. With time running out Pinkerton took a desperate gamble, staking Lincoln’s life—and the future of the nation—on a “perilous feint” that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would survive to become president.  Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the story of the “Baltimore Plot” is one of the great untold tales of the Civil War era.

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Gordon Bingham
1. gordonbingham
The relationship betwwen Lincoln & Pinkerton was a complcated one - this story of it's beginning is well anticipated.
2. maryc
Fascinating story - thanks for the chance to win an audio version.
Diane Stedner
5. caseykelp
sounds like a good story...thank you for the chance
Jeffrey Tretin
6. jtretin
Sounds very interesting - thank you for the giveaway
Marihelen Ligon
7. meligon
Lincoln's story and the plots which swirled around him have always intrigued me. Can't wait to read this!
Denise Bacher
8. DeniseBacher
From what I hear it sounds like a fascinating and well written story. Looking forward to hearing more of it, whether I win it or not.

I always like a good thriller, and when it is true it is only made better.
Lesley Fuchs
10. lesley517
Sounds fascinating! Big history buff here
Ann Stolinsky
11. gontzagames
Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Diana Portwood
12. kittenmonster
I'd love to listen to this one, sounds fascinating!
Lisa Weihl
13. lweihl
Love stories such as this. Will put it on my to read list for sure!!
Judie McDonald
14. Judiemcd
Interesting, I'd like to hear the rest.
Andrew Kuligowski
16. KuligowskiAndrew
I love audio-books; it's allowed me to maintain my reading level despite longer commutes to work! I just finished one about Grant; they alluded to this plot in it.
17. Peter W. Horton Jr.
Lincoln, Pinkerton and the first female private! YES!
shawn manning
18. shawnmanning
Finished the Linciln Diary not that long ago. This would make a nice follow up.
Charlotte Rodziewicz
19. Charlotte
I am very much looking forward to this read. Daniel Stashower's biography of Arthur Conan Doyle (Teller of Tales) was a wonderful read with historical accuracy of the period, rich detail of Doyle's experiences and a deft perception into what formed Doyle's moral character. I could not put it down and expect the same of The Hour of Peril.
20. Chickie
Looking forward to reading this.
21. Barb1111
I am just getting started with audio books, and Hour of Peril seems like a wonderful place to start!
Joyce Benzing
22. zsteelie
Sounds quite interesting. Thanks for the sweep!
Lisa Garrett
23. lag123
I am intrigued by Lincoln after seeing the recent movie. I would love to listen to this!
Allison Moyer
24. The Loopy Librarian
I never knew that there had been another plot to assasinate Lincoln. The narrator of the audiobook does a great job of portraying the tension and impending danger. History is fascinating!
Louis Burklow
25. Nash62
Allan Pinkerton as the hero of a mystery? Protecting Abraham Lincoln? I love historical mysteries, so this is one I'd be thrilled to read.
lynette barfield
27. lynette
Intrigued by the excerpt! Most of my reading is accomplished by listening so I would really like to win a copy.
Lori Lowery
28. lori68
Interesting audio clip. I'd love to win a copy!
Christi Loper
29. Christi3147
This sounds like a book I would love to read! I become increasingly fascinated by narrative non-fiction.
Pat Murphy
30. murphyp2011
Fascinating subject. Choose me please. Need something to new for car travel.
Jo Arterberry
31. JBInk
Fascinating story idea. Look forward to hearing it all. Thanks for the opportunity to listen.
Cindi Hoppes
32. CindiHoppes
I have watched a documentary that implied this message...
Many thanks, Cindi
Heather Martin
34. CrystalMirror
This little known nugget of history has been one of my favorite stories of the Civil War era. I would like to see all the info in place for once.
Theresa Curry
35. Theresa01
Sounds interesting, thanks for the auditory preview..I believe my friend on good reads commented about this book. I look forward to reading it..
36. Shannon Baas
I'd like to read this.
Jacqueline Strawder
38. Jackieblue53
Fascinating story - thanks for the chance to win an audio version.
Bob Keck
39. ky2here
This would be so perfect for our upcoming road trip. thanks so much for offering an audioCD
Ann Fantom
40. abfantom
This looks like an interesting audio book that both my husband and I would enjoy

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Carrie Baird
41. wbc1446
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Tracy Allen
45. malin1228
I love historical mystery - thanks for this!
kathy pease
46. klp1965
Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
catherine copeland
47. teechbiz
Since I used to live a few miles from where the conspiracy to kill Lincoln was hatched and used to drive past the former home of Samuel Mudd on my way to school I have always been facinated by Lincoln. This book sounds wonderful and I can hardly wait to read it

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matt lehman
49. polyfuze420
lincoln is one of my favorite pres. i would love to get a copy!
Kari Flores
50. kari944
I love true life crime / conspiracy theory books, this is right up my alley. Thanks for the giveaway.
Susan Smoaks
52. susansmoaks
i would really enjoy reading this book, thanks for the chance to win it!!!
Richard Hicks
53. ardy22
would really enjoy this a lot. Big history buff here
Buddy Garrett
I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.
56. californiapoppy
I would love to have this for my collection. I love Lincoln and am facinated about pinkerton and the assasination plot....... the historical setting of trains and railroad mischief..... a must have for my collection. Thanks for the contest.
Debra Kidle
57. lubelle
This sounds so fascinating! I love to read anything about Lincoln either factual or fiction, he is such an interesting person in our history.
Julie Myles
58. juleemm
I love to read about Lincoln. Thanks for the giveaway.
Brian Eason
60. brianpiero
Thanks for the giveaway...a good audio book makes a long car commute bearable !
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