David Wolfford of the Cincinnatus Standard reviews The First Assassin. The review contains a few spoilers, but here’s the spoiler-free essence of what it says:
Miller plays to contemporary security issues while demonstrating officials in 1861 faced similar dilemmas; how to act on hunches, could the US Government use enhanced interrogation tactics to acquire sensitive information? Where does habeas corpus fall in an ill-defined war? … Rook’s dubious wartime law enforcement and national security philosophy tempts him to use Guantanamo-style tactics.