Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance - a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.
When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. Of course he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend. Together Lincoln and Speed fight to bring justice to their small town. But as more bodies are discovered and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams, there's one question on everyone's lips: Does Lincoln have what it takes to crack his first murder case?
Inspired by actual events from the American frontier, Jonathan Putnam's thrilling debut, These Honored Dead, brings a verve and vigor to the historical mystery genre that listeners haven't seen since Caleb Carr's The Alienist.
What members say
What a Great Story!
This story kept me guessing and wondering and interested until the very end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it during each interruption. I really enjoyed the different voices that the narrator used as he told the story. They added another huge dimension to an already terrific tale. I am so looking forward to the next book. I do hope the author doesn’t stop at three.
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- Tony Acree
Historical Fiction at it's Finest
I'm a huge historical fiction fan and picked up These Honored Dead after meeting the author, Jonathan Putman. Many forget Lincoln was a lawyer (among other things) before he entered politics and These Honored Dead dives into this part of Lincoln's life. We get to see things unfold through the eyes of Joshua Speed, a dry good store junior partner. Speed and Lincoln share a room and become friends. The murder mystery at the heart of the story is well developed and there are enough clues for the reader to figure out the "who did it" along with Speed. Most of the characters in the story were actual people in Lincoln's orbit and it was fun learning a bit of history along with an excellent mystery.
Narrator Lloyd James does a fantastic job giving life to each and every character. These Honored Dead comes highly recommended.