The Lost Constitution: A Peter Fallon Novel (Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington #3) (Paperback)
Rare-book expert Peter Fallon and his girlfriend, Evangeline, the main characters from Back Bay and Harvard Yard, are back for another treasure hunt through time. They have learned of an early, annotated draft of the Constitution, stolen and smuggled out of Philadelphia. The draft's marginal notes spell out, in shocking detail, the Founders' unequivocal intentions---the unmistakable meaning of the Bill of Rights. Peddled and purloined, trafficked and concealed for over two centuries, the lost Constitution could forever change America's history---and its future.
Moreover, Congress is already at war, fighting tooth and claw over the eternally contentious Bill of Rights. When word gets out of the lost draft's existence, it launches a frenzied search, as both sides of the partisan machine believe it will reinforce their arguments. While battling politicians from both sides of the debate, Peter and Evangeline must get to the document first, because they know that if the wrong people find it, they will burn it, stripping the nation of its constitutional moorings.
The search takes Peter and Evangeline into the rich history of America and New England, from Shay's Rebellion to the birth of the American industrial revolution to the march of the legendary 20th Maine in the Civil War.
Past and present play off one another as the search for the draft heats up. It finally boils over on the first night of the World Series, at that Mecca of New England, Boston's fabled Fenway Park, and the truth is finally revealed.…
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author William Martin is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis to The City of Dreams. His first novel, Back Bay, introduced Boston treasure hunter Peter Fallon, who is still tracking artifacts across the landscape of our national imagination. Martin's subsequent novels, including Harvard Yard, Citizen Washington, and The Lost Constitution. have established him as a “storyteller whose smoothness matches his ambition.” (Publishers Weekly) He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary and a cult classic horror movie. He was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award, given to "an author whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region." And in 2015 he won the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for four decades of bringing history to life. He and his wife live near Boston, the city that his recurring character, Peter Fallon, calls home, and he has three grown children.
“A good mystery, a better examination of constitutional issues and a superb paean to New England, its people, natural beauty and resources.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fast-moving political thriller...” —The Boston Globe
“The rich historical episodes . . . tell an engrossing family saga peopled with beautifully drawn characters and set in New England's mill towns and forests from the days just after the Revolution through the Civil War and into the early 20th century. Thrilling. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“A rocket-sled of a ride that will be loved by history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle nerds and even baseball junkies. After reading Lost Constitution, 'Green Monster' will have a whole new meaning for Red Sox fans. William Martin is not just one of America's finest historians, he is also a story teller of the first magnitude.” —Randy Wayne White, New York Times bestselling author of Tampa Burn and Sanibel Flats
“Smart, witty. Terrific story telling . . . .. A great sprawling read. Enjoy!” —Allan Folsom, New York Times bestselling author of The Machiavelli Covenant
“Martin's... style is perfectly suited to this wedding of multigenerational saga and detective drama.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A story old as time but as current as today's newspapers. An electrifying novel that crackles in your hands until you white knuckle the pages and can't let go.” —David Nevin, New York Times bestselling author of 1812 and Dream West
“Anyone even vaguely interested in American history will find The Lost Constitution unput-downable. It's got everything a reader could ask, depth, narrative pace, suspense. Best of all, the national charter takes on new meaning. So does the word "American.” —Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee
“Well conceived and entertaining while being educational in Constitutional issues and what this most important document means or should mean. . . . . An engaging and intelligent mystery.” —Lexinc.com
“Fascinating, informative, and impeccably set in the northeast American landscape that was the cradle of the Constitution and our country. Martin's extensive research and suspenseful storytelling skills make…compelling and thought-provoking fiction.” —Carole Nelson Douglas, bestselling author of the Irene Adler historical suspense novels
“Weaves mystery, history, politics, and wit into the deadly search for a document stolen in the 18th century and worth far more than money in the 21st.” —Lucia St. Clair Robson, author of Shadow Patriots: A Novel of the Revolution