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The First Assassin

My brand-new novel, a historical thriller called The First Assassin, is now available on The listing is less than 24 hours old. You can order copies right now. My personal website has more about the book, but here’s a brief plot description:

Washington, D.C., 1861: A new president takes office, a nation begins to break apart—and Colonel Charles Rook must risk insubordination to stop a mysterious assassin who prowls a nervous city. He will need the help of an ally he does not even know he has: Portia, a beautiful slave who holds a vital clue, hundreds of miles away.

Here’s what others are saying:

“An excellent book—it’s like The Day of the Jackal set in 1861 Washington.”

—Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor

“Packed with fascinating information, superb characters, and sublime plot twists, The First Assassin is one of the most exciting thrillers I have read in a long, long time. This is historical fiction at its best and John J. Miller is the hot new author everyone will be talking about.”

—Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Apostle

I hope you’ll give it a try!

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.