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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERSteve Berry returns with his latest thriller a Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution a mystery about Abraham Lincoln and a political issue thatrsquos as explosive as it is timelymdashnot only in Malonersquos world but in ours September All is not as it seems With these cryptic words a shocking secret passed down from president to president comes to rest in the hands of Abraham Lincoln And as the first bloody clashes of the Civil War unfold Lincoln alone must decide how best to use this volatile knowledge save thousands of American lives or keep the young nation from being torn apart forever The present In Utah the fabled remains of Mormon pioneers whose nineteenth-century expedition across the desert met with a murderous end have been uncovered In Washington DC the official investigation of an international entrepreneur an elder in the Mormon church has sparked a political battle between the White House and a powerful United States senator In Denmark a Justice Department agent missing in action has fallen into the hands of a dangerous zealotmdasha man driven by divine visions to make a prophetrsquos words reality And in a matter of a few short hours Cotton Malone has gone from quietly selling books at his shop in Denmark to dodging bullets in a high-speed boat chase All it takes is a phone call from his former boss in Washington and suddenly the ex-agent is racing to rescue an informant carrying critical intelligence Itrsquos just the kind of perilous business that Malone has been trying to leave behind ever since he retired from the Justice Department But once he draws enemy blood Malone is plunged into a deadly conflictmdasha constitutional war secretly set in motion more than two hundred years ago by Americarsquos Founding Fathers From the streets of Copenhagen to the catacombs of Salzburg to the rugged mountains of Utah the grim specter of the Civil War looms as a dangerous conspiracy gathers power Malone risks life liberty and his greatest love in a race for the truth about Abraham Lincolnmdashwhile the fate of the United States of America hangs in the balancePraise for Steve Berry and his Cotton Malone series ldquoIn Malone Steve Berry has created a classic complex herordquomdashUSA Today ldquoMalone a hero with a personal stake in the proceedings is a welcome respite from the cold calculating superspies who litter the genrerdquomdashEntertainment Weekly ldquoSteve Berry gets better and better with each new bookrdquomdashThe Huffington Post ldquoSavvy readers cannot go wrong with Cotton MalonerdquomdashLibrary Journal ldquoBerry raises this genrersquos stakesrdquomdashThe New York Times ldquoI love this guyrdquomdash New York Times bestselling author Lee ChildFrom the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 11 Cotton Malone adventures and 4 stand alone novels. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising over one million dollars via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops.

In 2012 and 2013 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve as the spokesman for National Preservation Week. He also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him their Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written, and The Patriot Threat won the 2015 Audie Award as best thriller audio of the year.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 3,800 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.

For more information, visit www.steveberry.org.

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