The Assassin’s Accomplice is an historical account of Mary Surratt’s involvement in the plot to murder Abraham Lincoln. As a result of her actions and a largely incompetent defense at the trial, she would become the first woman to be executed by the US Government.
There was significant controversy surrounding her hanging both before and after the event. Attempts to have Andrew Johnson (Lincoln’s Vice President) commute the sentence to life in prison failed. After the hanging, there were numerous attempts to rewrite the history of the conspiracy and subsequent trial. Indeed, many of the participants in the trial would spend the rest of their lives justifying their actions.
The book draws heavily from Government and personal records. The author presents Mary Surratt as a strong, intelligent woman who knowingly and actively participated in the conspiracy.
I got this as an audiobook. The narrator did a good job. She didn’t speak in a monotone, she didn’t try to create distinct voices for each of the participants in the story, and she didn’t try to use an accent for the people from the South. If you like historical accounts and/or are interested in the Civil War, this book is worth reading.
Larson, Kate Clifford. The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln. New York: Basic Books, 2008.