Even if you know already know something about the topic, this book won't disappoint. The author makes it all seem like it just happened--urgent, suspenseful, well-written, well-researched. Once you pick it up, it's truly hard to put it down until you've read it to the end.
Our Durham library has a copy or two.
At the website I linked above, you can see a few accolades for the book, including historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who says:
"James Swanson has written a terrific narrative of the hunt for Lincoln's killers that will mesmerize the reader from start to finish just as the actual manhunt mesmerized the entire nation. It is a triumphant book."
The author, James Swanson, is a bit of an odd duck, or at least that's the impression I got from this article about him.
You can hear Mr. Swanson discuss his book at this link.
On a related note, the History Channel has been replaying its The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth which is interesting to watch after reading the book.