These Honored Dead

These Honored Dead

Title:These Honored Dead
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781629537771
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:297 pages

Joshua Speed, the enterprising second son of a wealthy plantation owner, has struck off on his own. But before long, he makes a surprising and crucial new acquaintance--a freshly minted lawyer by the name of Abraham Lincoln.

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. Of course, he'll need the legal expertise of his unusual new friend. Together, Lincoln and Speed fight to bring justice to their small town. But as more bodies are discovered and the investigation starts to come apart at the seams, there's one question on everyone's lips: does Lincoln have what it takes to crack his first murder case?

Inspired by actual events from the American frontier, Jonathan Putnam's thrilling debut These Honored Dead brings renewed verve and vigor to the historical mystery genre that readers haven't seen since Caleb Carr's The Alienist.


    These Honored Dead Reviews

  • Betty

    The first book in the Lincoln and Speed series. It is a historical fiction that is based on Lincoln lawyer cases. This book background is early Springfield. Joshua Speed is a son of a wealthy plantati...

  • Dawn

    "These Honored Dead" features historical figures Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Fry Speed (with whom Lincoln shared a bed in a room above a general store). It's 1837, and Speed, shortly after falling in l...

  • Kathy Martin

    Narrated by Joshua Speed, this mystery is firmly rooted into the attitudes and behaviors of the Nineteenth Century. It is 1837 and Speed, who runs a general store, is asked if he knows a place where a...

  • Erin

    This is the first time I have read a book from this author. And he did not disappoint. I am a HUGE Lincoln buff anyways, this was a different kind of book than the other Lincoln books I have read. I a...

  • Andrea

    In 1837, Abraham Lincoln, a newly minted lawyer, finds his way to Springfield and boards with the young merchant Joshua Speed. The two effortlessly strike a friendship, but Speed fails to mention his ...

  • Becky Loader

    Joshua Speed was Lincoln's friend and roommate in Springfield when they were youngish men. The story is told from Speed's perspective as a son from a good family who has declined to read law and has e...

  • kathy

    Excellent book!! Well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it! A good historical novel which I was intrigued by the time period. It’s about Lincoln and his early years as a new lawyer. I can’t wait for t...

  • Arlene

    Didn't know that Lincoln here was Abraham Lincoln. Nice courtroom scenes....

  • Beth Levitt

    An excellent read with interesting plot twists and fine historical research. The author also captures Lincoln’s spirit perfectly. Highly recommend and intend to read more by this author. ...

  • Carla Hostetter

    I listened to this story as an audio book which increased my pleasure as the narrator did such a great job not only with Speed's slightly Southern voice as well as the women, but got Lincoln's known t...