Dara Horn
All Other Nights by Dara Horn

All Other Nights

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a question his commanders have already answered for him — on Passover, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle in New Orleans, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After this harrowing mission, Jacob is recruited to pursue another enemy agent, the daughter of a Virginia family friend. But this time, his assignment isn’t to murder the spy, but to marry her. Their marriage, with its riveting and horrifying consequences, reveals the deep divisions that still haunt American life today.

Based on real personalities like Judah Benjamin, the Confederacy’s Jewish Secretary of State and spymaster, and on historical facts and events ranging from an African-American spy network to the dramatic self-destruction of the city of Richmond, All Other Nights is a gripping and suspenseful story of men and women driven to the extreme limits of loyalty and betrayal. It is also a brilliant parable of the rift in America that lingers a century and a half later: between those who value family and tradition first, and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.

In this eagerly-awaited third novel, award-winning author Dara Horn brings us page-turning storytelling at its best. Layered with meaning, All Other Nights presents the most American of subjects with originality and insight — and the possibility of reconciliation that might yet await us.

Slam-bang… superb… masterful… gripping… marvelous.”

Washington Post

Horn propels the story at a thriller’s pace; the mix of love and loyalty played out in a divided America is sublime.”

Publishers Weekly

For a writer as young as Horn to be compared with Conrad shows what kind of league she’s playing in.”

The Baltimore Sun

An enjoyably fast-paced amalgam of historical romance, spy novel and political thriller .… rare and memorable.”

The Wall Street Journal

Starred Review. A complex, multilayered, and thoroughly involving historical novel…a novel rich in human emotion and ambiguity. A triumph.”


Stellar.… the propulsive, suspenseful narrative of an espionage thriller, [and] the larger moral dilemmas Horn weaves into an epic.”

The New York Post

Slam-bang… superb…a gripping plot premise and a fascinatingly conflicted protagonist. …a marvelous variety of characters, each imagined with empathy and depth.”

The Washington Post

A tale of adventure…betrayal and love, dignity and loss, that takes the breath away and makes the heart pound.”

Anne Roiphe

Editor’s Choice: Engrossing … delicious.”

New York Times Book Review

Vibrant and compelling.”

The Los Angeles Times

A stunning historical novel that will challenge readers’ preconceptions.”

Library Journal

Riveting…written in meticulous but energetic prose…Horn’s most accomplished novel.”

The Forward

An astonishing storyteller…extraordinary”

Financial Times