Miller, a top-notch columnist and observer of the cultural scene, proves equally adept at fiction with this crackerjack historical thriller. Imagine Jeff Shaara setting Frederick Forsythe’s The Day of the Jackal in the first days of the Lincoln presidency, and you have The First Assassin. … Miller does a terrific job of immersing the reader in a time and place that is familiar, but not necessarily that well understood. … Miller crafts human beings on all sides with complex motives and various degrees of weaknesses, selfishness, idealism, evil and goodness.
Lincoln on his way to the Capitol for his first inauguration, March 4, 1861.