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The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

Burt Solomon

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The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt is a historical thriller from award-winning political journalist Burt Solomon, featuring Teddy Roosevelt's near death...

September 3, 1902. Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Theodore Roosevelt has been president for less than a year when his horse-drawn carriage is broadsided by an electric trolley. Roosevelt is thrown clear but his Secret Service bodyguard is killed instantly.

Accident? Or assassination gone awry?

Roosevelt has earned enemies galore and is convinced of foul play. He sets John Hay, the secretary of state, to investigate. Hay will cross paths with Emma Goldman and J.P. Morgan to discover the truth… and along the way he will pick up a sidekick, the crusading journalist Nellie Bly.

Blending real events and novelistic logic, Hay uncovers a shocking solution that may protect the man who wants to transform the nation, but at the cost of upending the compass of his own life.

CHAPTER ONE


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1902


“You should have come, Henry,” I said. “You’d have hated it.”

Henry Adams had the good grace to laugh. It was a merry sound, so different from the...

Praise for The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt

“[Solomon has] a gift for mining fascinating nuggets from my city's past.”—George F. Will, columnist at The Washington Post

“Solomon skillfully blends historical fact with plausible fiction.”—The Buffalo News

“Historian Solomon’s meticulous details and the real-life figures woven into the narrative make it both informative and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Hay is a fallible, engaging character with interests in boxing and poetry as well as sleuthing, and his narration brings to life a time and place as it unravels a crime.”—Booklist

“Historical mystery fans who relish rich period details will be eager to see Hay again.”—Library Journal

“An inherently riveting historical mystery by an author who is a master of the genre…”—Midwest Book Review

“… a splendid tale of mostly fiction set in the first year of TR’s service as president.”—New York Journal of Books

Praise for The Murder of Willie Lincoln

“Solomon offers a deeply imagined and entirely plausible account of the Lincoln White House at its saddest…You won’t guess whodunit until the final, suspenseful page.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Well-plotted, beautifully researched and gripping to the final page.”—Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

“Vivid, captivating, and, dare I say, seductively plausible.”—John Taliaferro, author of All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

“An original plot, plausible characterizations… More…

“[Solomon has] a gift for mining fascinating nuggets from my city's past.”—George F. Will, columnist at The Washington Post

“Solomon skillfully blends historical fact with plausible fiction.”—The Buffalo News

“Historian Solomon’s meticulous details and the real-life figures woven into the narrative make it both informative and entertaining.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Hay is a fallible, engaging character with interests in boxing and poetry as well as sleuthing, and his narration brings to life a time and place as it unravels a crime.”—Booklist

“Historical mystery fans who relish rich period details will be eager to see Hay again.”—Library Journal

“An inherently riveting historical mystery by an author who is a master of the genre…”—Midwest Book Review

“… a splendid tale of mostly fiction set in the first year of TR’s service as president.”—New York Journal of Books

Praise for The Murder of Willie Lincoln

“Solomon offers a deeply imagined and entirely plausible account of the Lincoln White House at its saddest…You won’t guess whodunit until the final, suspenseful page.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Well-plotted, beautifully researched and gripping to the final page.”—Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

“Vivid, captivating, and, dare I say, seductively plausible.”—John Taliaferro, author of All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

“An original plot, plausible characterizations of historical figures, and solid prose combine to make this historical fiction debut a winner.”—Publishers Weekly

“The puzzle is plausibly immersive, the solution heartrendingly surprising…Solomon portrays Hay as an effective, likable sleuth and compelling political player.”—Booklist

“An engaging roman a clef…here’s hoping that Mr. Solomon finds something else for John Hay to apply his fertile mind.”—The Washington Times

“The pace and characterizations in this mystery are superb. The historic backdrop is expertly painted, and everyone’s talk rings true: slave, free, secesh, Lincoln, even lascivious Kate Chase. But do not expect the expected ending.”—James M. Cornelius, Curator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Springfield, Ill.

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Burt Solomon

BURT SOLOMON is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of The Murder of Willie Lincoln, his first John Hay novel, as well as the acclaimed Where They Ain’t, a history of baseball in the 1890s. At National Journal, where he covered the White House and other aspects of Washington life, he was awarded the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. He and his wife live in Arlington, Virginia.

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