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A Foiled Plot

Cover of The Eye That Never Sleeps
A review of The Eye That Never Sleeps by Marissa Moss

Based on a little known plot by secessionists to ambush and kill Abraham Lincoln on his way to Washington D.C. before he could be sworn in as president. This fantastically illustrated picture book tells the story of Allen Pinkerton, one of America’s greatest detectives. From humble beginnings to forming Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency (whose eyeball logo inspired the term “private eye.”) This book takes us on a historical journey using a graphic novel style. The illustrations appear to be woodcuts, but were made using a digital technique and use a minimal palette of brown, orange, red and purple to spectacular effect. I cannot stress how cool these illustrations are! This book will appeal to history buffs and aspiring sleuths of all ages.

May 16, 2019