Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Since we can't know exactly what folks said over a hundred years ago, this otherwise factual book is often considered fiction.  Still the people really existed and there really was a plot to still rob Lincoln's grave and hide the body to use as ransom to get a well know expert counterfeiter out of prison.  So, we get to meet all the coney men and counterfeiters in business at the time of Lincoln's assassination.  There were lots, counterfeiting and getting the fake money into circulation was big.  It made lots of real money for the criminals.  Coney men were the folks who put the fake money into circulation.  These criminals were not always the brightest and sometimes they were a little scared of getting caught and did get caught.  How they almost got away with robbery and how the secret service saved the day is an exciting way to get a bit of history.
JDW 8/22

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