By Hampton Sides
Edgar Award Nominee
One of the simplest Books of the yr: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian technology Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Chronicle
From the acclaimed bestselling writer of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder, a taut, severe narrative in regards to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the most important manhunt in American heritage.
On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate on the infamous Missouri country prison, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man—whose actual identify was once James Earl Ray—drifted during the South, into Mexico, after which l. a., the place he was once galvanized via George Wallace’s racist presidential crusade.
On February 1, 1968, Memphis rubbish males have been overwhelmed to demise of their hydraulic truck, upsetting the solely African American staff to head on strike. Hoping to resuscitate his faltering campaign, King joined the sanitation staff’ reason, yet their march down Beale road, the ancient road of the blues, grew to become violent. Humiliated, King fatefully vowed to come back to Memphis in April.
With relentless storytelling force, aspects follows Galt and King as they crisscross the rustic, one stalking the opposite, till the crushing second on the Lorraine inn while the drifter catches up along with his prey. opposed to the backdrop of the ensuing national riots and the pathos of King’s funeral, aspects provides us a riveting cross-cut narrative of the assassin’s flight and the sixty-five-day seek that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England—a substantial manhunt satirically led by way of Hoover’s FBI.
Magnificent in scope, drawing on a wealth of formerly unpublished fabric, this nonfiction mystery illuminates one of many darkest hours in American life—an instance of ways background is so usually an issue of the petty bringing down the nice.