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Susan Higginbotham, author of Hanging Mary

“An expert at weaving history with threads of a compelling story, Susan Higginbotham gives literary voice and humanity to a woman remembered only for her ties to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The stirring intimacy of the prose dares the reader to believe the title hints merely at an aim, not a reality. You’ll be wondering until the last page if history is being re-written. Well done.” - Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life

". . . The author's success lies not only in developing individual characters but also in capturing the overall mood of the capital with swings of jubilation and despair. . . . Detailed author's notes provide thumbnail sketches of the later lives of major characters and delineate ways the novel digresses from historical accounts. . . .  A fine choice for historical fiction fans, particularly book club members, who will appreciate the reading group guide."—Kathy Piehl, Library Journal (starred review)