"Jonathan Putnam combines an historian’s understanding of character and context with a remarkable narrative drive that kept me fascinated from start to finish....  One of the most enjoyable works of fiction I have read in a long time."
 - Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner; author, Team of Rivals.

Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own.  When an orphaned girl from a neighboring town is found murdered and suspicion falls on her aunt, Speed makes it his mission to clear her good name. In this quest, Speed finds a crucial ally: a newly minted young lawyer who has recently begun sharing his lodgings by the name of Abraham Lincoln.  These Honored Dead is a historical legal mystery and courtroom thriller set on the American frontier of 1837 and inspired by actual events.  READ MORE

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About Jonathan F. Putnam

Jonathan Putnam is a writer and attorney.  A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he is a nationally renowned trial lawyer and an avid amateur Lincoln scholar.  These Honored Dead is his first novel.  He is currently working on the sequel, which will be published in 2017.  READ MORE