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The Cosgrove Report
Being the Private Inquiry of a Pinkerton's Detective Into the Death of President Lincoln
978-0-8021-4407-2 • $14.95 • Paperback • Feb. 2009
One of the truly great historical novels of the last several decades, The Cosgrove Report by George O’Toolea best seller that was critically acclaimed in its initial publication in 1979explores the suspicious circumstances surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
First published in 1979 to wide acclaim, former CIA agent George O’Toole’s best-selling novel The Cosgrove Report is both a gripping historical thriller and a new and entirely plausible solution to that still unanswered question: Why was Abraham Lincoln murdered? Republished to coincide with the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, this is a novel of immense power and imagination, based on meticulous research into the government’s official records of the assassination and the forgotten memoirs of many eyewitnesses. The novel opens when a recently discovered nineteenth-century manuscript falls into the hands of modern-day private investigator Michael Croft. His assignment is to verify the historical accuracy of the papers, which reveal the shocking cover-up of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the alleged capture and death of John Wilkes Booth. The manuscript itself, written by Pinkerton detective Nicholas Cosgrove, plunges both Croft and the reader back into post-Civil War Washington, where Cosgrove is hired by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to investigate rumors that Booth is still alive. His search brings him face-to-face with some of the most illustrious people of the period, and exposes a trail of lies and evasions equal to any modern day political scandal. Danger, intrigue, and an absolutely stunning denouement combine to make The Cosgrove Report a marvelous tour de force as well as an imaginative excursion into what might have been.