April 21, 1861 — an excerpt from The First Assassin:
Hay held out his hand, and Mazorca shook it. Then a bell rang. Hay seemed to expect it.
“He’s ready,” said Hay. “You can expect to have about five or ten minutes. Come this way.”
Hay stepped to a mostly closed door on the north wall, pushed it open, and walked in. Mazorca followed. Before he even knew where he was, he heard the secretary say something he scarcely believed.
“Mr. President, your next appointment is here.”