Man on the Run

manhunt.JPGSometimes when I peruse River City Books’ remainder tables — note to self: don’t forget to look downstairs! — I am taken aback. Kind of like when I taste one those soy-for-beef substitutes you humans eat, which fool me every time. Meaning, I just can’t believe my eyes, er, stomach, as the case may be.

The other night I was shocked because it was while browsing the remainders that I found Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson, in hardcover, for only $8.99. This is a new title — the paperback hasn’t even come off the press yet — and it’s a gripping read. It tells the story of the murder of Abraham Lincoln, which set off the greatest manhunt in American history — the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

I just can’t believe, no matter how far I fly, that I am going to find a better deal than that.

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