For my new Lincoln and Speed mystery, I knew I wanted to follow Lincoln out onto “the circuit,” where he and his fellow lawyers and a judge would ride from town to town in a horse-drawn carriage, bringing justice to frontier Illinois.
In researching the towns of the circuit, I stumbled upon a spectacular real-life murder — one of the most infamous and consequential murders of the 19th century, although it is little remembered today. This real-life murder became the centerpiece of Perish from the Earth…
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Nearly three months into the launch of my debut novel I’ve been blown away by the experience. I’ve had an amazing time touring around the country and seeing many of you at bookstores, libraries, and industry conferences. I’ve included a few pictures from my book events below.
I’ve also been thrilled with the critical reception for These Honored Dead…
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Debut authors Jonathan Putnam, Julia Claiborne Johnson and Imbolo Mbue discuss their new novels at the New York Society Library in New York City.
Jonathan Putnam is interviewed about his debut novel, These Honored Dead, by his father, Harvard professor and best-selling author Robert D. Putnam, on Aug. 9, 2016 at the Harvard Coop.
Jonathan Putnam draws on his own trial experience in addition to his wealth of knowledge about Abraham Lincoln to pull off a most amazing debut mystery in These Honored Dead.