Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye

From Samantha Seiple, the award winning author of Ghosts in the Fog, comes the first book for young adults to tell the story of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye.
Lincoln’s Spymaster tells the dangerous and action-packed adventures of Allan Pinkerton, America’s first private eye and Lincoln’s most trusted spymaster.
Pinkerton was just a poor immigrant barrel-maker in Illinois when he stumbled across his first case just miles from his home. His reputation grew and people began approaching Pinkerton with their cases, leading him to open the first-of-its-kind private detective agency. Pinkerton assembled a team of undercover agents, and together they caught train robbers, counterfeiters, and other outlaws. Soon these outlaws, including Jesse James, became their nemeses. Danger didn’t stop the agency! The team even uncovered and stopped an assassination plot against president-elect Abraham Lincoln! Seeing firsthand the value of Pinkerton’s service, Lincoln funded Pinkerton’s spy network, a precursor to the Secret Service. Allan Pinkerton is known as the father of modern day espionage, and this is the first book for young adults to tell his story!

Lincoln's Spymaster

Filled with spies, trains, bank robbers, historical facts and pictures, this book is a good read for all ages. When I was younger, I always assumed that non-fiction books were five inches thick and filled with boring information, but Samantha Seiple proved me wrong. I was able to read this book within a day, and I did not get bored with it. Before I read this book, I had only heard of the Pinkerton Agency, but I did not know how the agency began or who started it. I learned about both of those things and a little more. Seiple has a nice writing style, making her non-fiction book seem more like a story then a text book.

Allan Pinkerton’s story of how he became a detective and started up his own detective agency was an interesting one to read about. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes reading about detectives, outlaws, robberies and exciting adventures. This book was informative and worth reading for the historical aspect.

Title: Lincoln’s Spymaster: Allan Pinkerton, America’s First Private Eye

Author: Samantha Seiple

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This review was written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


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