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The First Assassin


I just finished an old-fashioned paper version of The First Assassin. It’s a heck of a lot of fun — a thriller that’s enjoyable in its own right, set against an 1860s backdrop that will interest and inform history buffs. I kept finding myself saying, “Huh — I did not know that.” The plot moves, the characters are lively (my favorite is the Southern-sympathizing Washington socialite Violet Grenier, while the assassin reminded me of Anton Chigurh of No Country for Old Men), and you’re kept guessing throughout. Highly recommended. Congrats John.


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