The Exhumation


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
286 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2020
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

David Hatton masterfully blends history with detective crime fiction in The Exhumation. The year is 1876. A sense of indignation immediately brews inside you as you read in the prologue that a group of grave robbers is stealing Abraham Lincoln from his eternal repose. In the first chapter, the story jumps to 2012, where modern grave robbers have desecrated the former US president’s tomb once again. Detective Darnell Jackson is on the case to find Lincoln’s body. He has a deep connection with what Lincoln stood for. In his thirty-year career, he had some serious run-ins with different types of criminals, but only Chuck Cunningham stood out among them. And whoever had stolen Lincoln’s body knew all about Detective Jackson. His investigation into the body-snatching will lead him to age-old secrets that will put him in jeopardy.

The Exhumation has the necessary components to make up a spellbinding crime thriller. Hatton entertains his readers by connecting the past with the present and demonstrates how the legacy of one man affects the present. His characters are well fleshed out, and you can understand Jackson’s passion for digging into the case because it has meaning for him as a man of color. Jackson’s personal dilemmas add sub-conflicts and deepen the plot. It is a story that will get you invested in tailing Jackson's search for Lincoln, and it will give you a sense of closure after the final chapter. Whatever your belief in Lincoln’s legacy, this book is worth your reading time.