A true crime thriller -- the first book for
teens to tell the nearly unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal
Abraham Lincoln's body!
The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid
the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon
after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring
gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to
spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its
Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and
demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash.
From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret
Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and
forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into
the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and
the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild
climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election
night: November 7, 1876.