Describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln’s body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledging Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.
Counterfeiting, the Secret Service, and Abraham Lincoln. Though seeming to have little in common, the connection between these three led to an incredible chain of events in 1875. When master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd is arrested, members of the counterfeiting ring conspire to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln from his resting place and ransom his body for money and demand Boyd freed from prison. With Secret Service on their heels, the conspirators unknowingly allow a double agent in on the plot, who kept the Secret Service updated every step of the way and ultimately helped bring about the downfall of the conspirators.
Based on true events, Sheinkin has created a thrilling and suspenseful true crime account for children that reveals much about the counterfeiting problems that plagued the later part of the 19th century. Even more, children will be fascinated by the crime-fighting methods of that time, and will be drawn in by the action and liveliness of the plot. With just the right amount off factual information woven into the story, readers will find themselves on a rollicking historical ride that won’t stop until the thrilling conclusion. A must-read for children!
Recommended by: Emily Chandler, Lawrence Library
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