By Hampton Sides
Edgar Award Nominee
One of the easiest Books of the 12 months: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian technological know-how Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Chronicle
With a brand new Afterword
On April four, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King on the Lorraine inn. The kingdom used to be stunned, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted around the nation and mourners collected at King's funeral, investigators introduced a sixty-five day look for King’s murderer that may lead them throughout continents. With a blistering, cross-cutting narrative that pulls on a wealth of dramatic unpublished files, Hampton facets, bestselling writer of Ghost Soldiers, delivers a non-fiction mystery within the culture of William Manchester's The demise of a President and Truman Capote's In chilly Blood. With Hellhound On His Trail, Sides shines a gentle at the biggest manhunt in American historical past and brings it to lifestyles for all to see.
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It's daring to begin an account of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and not using a unmarried point out of James Earl Ray. yet in Hellhound on His Trail, Ray's absence is essential--in his position, Hampton facets lines the modify egos Ray created after escaping from legal and starting his haphazard trip towards Memphis. aspects meticulously constructs parallel graphics of 2 very various men--one, the larger-than-life figurehead of the Civil Rights circulate; the opposite, a nondescript loner with a spurious and violent background, whose identification was once as fluid as his reasons. The narrative builds to the striking and heartbreaking second of King's assassination, then races on in the course of the instant fallout: the global manhunt led by means of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI; Ray's approximately profitable try to flee to Rhodesia; and the riots that erupted through the usa as racial tensions reached a verge of collapse. Sides's storytelling packs a visceral punch, and in Hellhound on His Trail, he crafts an authoritative and riveting account of 2 intersecting lives that altered the process American history.
~ Lynette Mong
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