Emmy Award-Winning Producer, Bob Cochran, Purchases The Baltimore Plot

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Bob Cochran, writer and producer of the hit Fox Broadcasting television show "24," has purchased the dramatic rights to The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Michael J. Kline, published by Westholme Publishing.

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, Bob Cochran, has purchased the dramatic rights option to Michael J. Kline's bestselling story of the first attempt on Abraham Lincoln's life. Cochran, whose credits include "L.A. Law," "La Femme Nikita," and "JAG," will now have exclusive rights to The Baltimore Plot: The First Conspiracy to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln, published by Westholme Publishing (http://www.westholmepublishing.com).

The Baltimore Plot features the celebrated detective, Alan Pinkerton, and his female colleague, Kate Warne, the first woman private eye in American history, as they uncover a sinister conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln as he passed through the city of Baltimore on his way to the White House. Possibly shadowed by Baltimore-native John Wilkes Booth along the way, Lincoln traveled to his first inauguration by a special train from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, DC. Warned in Philadelphia of the plot to assassinate him, Lincoln decided to change his schedule, and traveled in disguise and in the dead of night to arrive in Washington safely. The conspirators in this extraordinary episode in American history were never brought to trial for fear of pushing the state of Maryland over to the Confederate cause. As Michael Kline convincingly demonstrates, this first conspiracy led directly to that fateful day at Ford's Theatre almost exactly four years later.

James L. Swanson, author of the Edgar Award-winning New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer writes, "In a thrilling detective story of conspiracy, treachery and assassination, Michael J. Kline suggests how close the Baltimore plotters came to achieving their goal, and reveals how Lincoln and a few guards outwitted them. Meticulously researched and written with verve, 'The Baltimore Plot' takes readers aboard Lincoln's inaugural train for a perilous and unforgettable journey."

The author, Michael J. Kline adds, ""When researching The Baltimore Plot, I was struck by several things. First, the story was known to some historians, but not the average person. Second, the story was an exciting one, but had never been told in an exciting way. Third, no one had ever told the entire story, leaving wide gaps in the historical record. It occurred to me that there existed an opportunity to write the full story of the Baltimore Plot, and to do so in a way that would recapture the tension and drama of February 1861 prior to Lincoln's arrival in Washington. I had been a big fan of James L. Swanson's Manhunt, and knew that he had succeeded in attracting a wide audience by telling a well-known story flawlessly, in real time, with great evidentiary detail. I am also a huge fan of '24,' and felt that it might be possible to achieve the same sort of unrelenting tension that show achieves in telling the story of The Baltimore Plot. When James L. Swanson provided his kind endorsement, I felt a significant part of this objective had been achieved. When Bob Cochran, Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer of '24,' called wanting to option the film rights in order to write the screenplay himself, I knew The Baltimore Plot had hit the mark my publisher Bruce H. Franklin at Westholme and I had been aiming for."

For additional information on The Baltimore Plot please visit http://www.westholmepublishing.com.

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