If I were to write a one-sentence elevator pitch for John J. Miller’s The First Assassin, it would be this: Gone With the Wind meets The Day of the Jackal. … Miller, who normally writes nonfiction, brings the America of 1861 alive with rich detail and believable characters. His picture of the pro-slavery south leaves no doubt the Civil War was about the economics of slavery and not “state rights” as some revisionists suggest. His portrayal of northern leaders, too foolish to believe the many secessionists in DC could be spies or saboteurs, is equally harsh.
Whether you’re a fan of historical fiction or thrillers, The First Assassin is the choice for you.