Books-A-Million Announces The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower As New Buyer’s Pick

  Books-A-Million Announces The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower As New
  Buyer’s Pick

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- January 30, 2013

Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that The Hour of Peril
by Daniel Stashower, the riveting true story of the “Baltimore Plot,” a bold
conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln before the Civil War, has been
chosen as BAM’s most recent “Buyer’s Pick” by Mary Gallagher, Senior Vice
President of Merchandising.

“Stashower’s work of historical narrative captured me from the very beginning,
and I know readers won’t be able to put it down,” said Mary Gallagher.
“Despite being a work of non-fiction, The Hour of Peril reads like a suspense

In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham
Lincoln faced a “clear and fully-matured” threat of assassination as he
traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a
period of thirteen days, the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked
fanatically to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young
widow named Kate Warne, America’s first female private eye.

With Lincoln and his advisors refusing to believe that the danger was real,
Pinkerton took a gamble, staking Lincoln’s life and the future of the nation
on a perilous feint that seemed to offer the only chance that Lincoln would
survive to become president. This story was shrouded in secrecy and, later,
mired in controversy.

The story of the “Baltimore Plot” is one of the great untold tales of the
Civil War era, and Stashower has crafted this historical narrative with the
pace and urgency of a real thriller.

Daniel Stashower, author of The Hour of Peril, is also the author of The Boy
Genius, The Mogul and the Edgar Award-winning Teller of Tales: The Life of
Arthur Conan Doyle. He has also written five mystery novels. Stashower is a
recipient of The Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime
Fiction Writing, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Wadham College,
Oxford. Stashower's articles have appeared in The New York Times, The
Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Traveller and
Connoisseur. He has been a freelance journalist since 1986 and currently lives
in Washington, D.C.

About Books-A-Million, Inc.

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on the Internet at The Company presently operates 256
stores in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large
superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd &
Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and
Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit
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