That’s Abraham Lincoln, the country’s 16th president, who has been receiving a lot of attention lately in popular culture. Which of course leads me to another shameless promotion of my mystery novel, Lincoln’s Hand.

You’ll forgive me, I hope, but its Friday, the political season is winding down, the Governor-elect is taking a pause between his budget meetings, and I know people are looking for presents to add joy to the holidays, so I thought I’d remind you of Lincoln’s Hand.

My mystery is in good company. Recently, Steven Spielberg announced hiring Daniel Day Lewis to play Lincoln in a big screen adaption of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best selling book, “A Team of Rivals.”

Robert Redford has directed “The Conspirator” dealing with those who conspired to assassinate Lincoln and members of his cabinet. The movie focuses on Mary Surratt, the only woman hanged in the Lincoln plot. Was she guilty or a victim of circumstances?

All this activity involving Abraham Lincoln is similar to the demand for new vampire stories, which popped up all over the popular media once vampires became a hot topic.

The leap from vampires to Lincoln is not as far fetched as you might imagine. A best selling novel, “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith, is also being made into a movie.

Here’s hoping Mr. Lincoln, Vampire Hunter rids us of all the vampires so we can soon get on to the next big thing in popular culture. It strange that the next big thing may be our country’s most famous president.

Lincoln’s Hand is a modern day mystery, which uses a true historical event as a catalyst for the story—the attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln’s body in 1876. It would make a good present.