ALL OTHER NIGHTS
REVIEWED BY MIRIAM SHAVIV
INSIDE A BARREL in the bottom of a boat, with a canteen of water wedged between his legs and a packet of poison concealed in his pocket, Jacob Rappaport felt a knot tightening in his stomach — not because he was about to do something dangerous, but because he was about to do something wrong.” It is a terrific first line, and as it progresses, Dara Horn’s new novel gets more gripping — both as a straightforward thriller and as a novel of ideas.
Her protagonist, Rappaport, is a 19-year-old who runs away from his New York home to fight in the American Civil War because he regrets agreeing to a match, foisted upon him by his parents, with a “mentally deficient” girl. His commanders soon discover that he is well-connected and send him across enemy lines to New Orleans, to murder his uncle, who is himself planning to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
Incapable, again, of saying no, he