Author Timothy L. O’Brien will be touring with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for his historical thriller novel, The Lincoln Conspiracy, from October 29 – December 7.

Release Date:  September 18, 2012
Publisher:  Ballantine Books


A nation shattered by its president’s murder.

Two diaries that reveal the true scope of an American conspiracy.

A detective determined to bring the truth to light, no matter what it costs him.

From award-winning journalist Timothy L. O’Brien comes a gripping historical thriller that poses a provocative question: What if the plot to assassinate President Lincoln was wider and more sinister than we ever imagined?

In late spring of 1865, as America mourns the death of its leader, Washington, D.C., police detective Temple McFadden makes a startling discovery. Strapped to the body of a dead man at the B&O Railroad station are two diaries, two documents that together reveal the true depth of the Lincoln conspiracy. Securing the diaries will put Temple’s life in jeopardy–and will endanger the fragile peace of a nation still torn by war.

Temple’s quest to bring the conspirators to justice takes him on a perilous journey through the gaslit streets of the Civil War-era capital, into bawdy houses and back alleys where ruthless enemies await him in every shadowed corner. Aided by an underground network of friends–and by his wife, Fiona, a nurse who possesses a formidable arsenal of medicinal potions–Temple must stay one step ahead of Lafayette Baker, head of the Union Army’s spy service. Along the way, he’ll run from or rely on Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s fearsome secretary of war; the legendary Scottish spymaster Allan Pinkerton; abolitionist Sojourner Truth; the photographer Alexander Gardner; and many others.

Bristling with twists and building to a climax that will leave readers gasping, The Lincoln Conspiracy offers a riveting new account of what truly motivated the assassination of one of America’s most beloved presidents–and who participated in the plot to derail the train of liberty that Lincoln set in motion.


Timothy L. O’Brien ( is the Executive Editor of The Huffington Post, where he edited the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning series about wounded war veterans, “Beyond the Battlefield.” Previously, he was an editor and reporter at The New York Times. There, he helped to lead a team of Times reporters that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2009 for coverage of the financial crisis.

Prior to becoming Sunday Business editor at The New York Times in 2006, Tim was a staff writer for the Times. Among the topics and people he has written about for the paper are Wall Street, Russia, Manhattan’s art world, cybercrimes and identity theft, Warren Buffett, geopolitics, digital media, international finance, Hollywood, terrorism and terrorist financing, money laundering, gambling, and white-collar fraud. Tim was a member of a team of Times reporters that won a Loeb Award for Distinguished Business Journalism in 1999.

Before returning to the Times in 2003, Tim was the senior feature writer at Talk, a magazine founded by former New Yorker editor Tina Brown. Tim was with Talk from 2000 until it ceased publishing in 2002. Before joining Talk, Tim was a reporter with the Times and, prior to that, The Wall Street Journal.

O’Brien, a graduate of Georgetown University, holds three master’s degrees — in US History, Business and Journalism — all from Columbia University. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

Reviewers are If you are interested in reviewing The Lincoln Conspiracy please email Amy Bruno at  Interview and giveaway opportunities are also available.

2 responses to “New Historical Thriller for Review: The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O’Brien”

  1. Becky says:

    It does look like a great book! I am just finishing up another great historical fiction, “Up From Corinth: Book 2 of Journey Into Darkness” by J. Arthur Moore- a heart warming story about an eleven-year-old Duane Kinkade enters the Civil War through the Battle at Shiloh in search of his father, and the events that take place during his journey. I will definitely check out “The Lincoln Conspiracy” next- looks intriguing!

  2. This looks like a great book

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