Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

By James L. Swanson

Manhattan occasions bestselling writer James Swanson supplies a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin.

Based on infrequent archival fabric, imprecise trial manuscripts, and interviews with relations of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast moving mystery concerning the pursuit and catch of John Wilkes sales space: a wild twelve-day chase during the streets of Washington, D.C., around the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

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I lasted exactly four months, got a job with Gear of Carnaby Street, and never looked back really, whisked around the circuit. I moved around a lot, I lived everywhere on the 31 bus route. I used to live round the corner from SEX, with an actress friend. Anyway, that’s how I got to know Malcolm and then Vivienne . . I used to go to Let It Rock when it first opened, and I got talking to Malcolm just in passing. We had a lot of stuff in common really, we both liked fifties music, and I still have the Marilyn Monroe EP that he sold me.

I didn’t consider that people would be offended or outraged by it. It really never crossed my mind. It’s got to do with the way you carry yourself and the way you walk. If you slouch and look like that, people think you’re a tramp. But if you carry yourself right, that’s style, the way you carry yourself. Who was working in the shop when you started? Michael was there, Vivienne came in now and then. Malcolm was away in New York, with the New York Dolls. He didn’t know of me being employed till he phoned the shop one day and I answered the phone.

I used to bend over and lacquer it all, and then mould it like you would a sculpture. A lot of people used to ask cos they could never get it quite the same. I was interested in the idea of making yourself into a sculpture, an artwork. If you got a really good hairdresser and you could tell them what you wanted, like I could, and be persistent, you got what you wanted in 39 the shop: 430 king’s road He used to work in the shop sometimes. He was such a laugh. He used to pretend he’d given us our wages when he hadn’t.

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