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Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr (Paperback)

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— Knopf

This riveting account of the assassination of Dr. King tracks James Earl Ray from his incredible prison escape, through the course of his plotting and stalking of King, and on to the murder which changed the course of American History. The legendary manhunt for James Earl Ray would make for a fascinating read all by itself, but Hampton Sides provides a fascinating depiction of era - King's inner circle, the F.B.I.'s culture, the nations deep trauma and some of the leading personalities in power during the time. All in all, Hellhound is a true page turner that educates, entertains, and illuminates a pivotal time in American culture and politics, where the details are savored, and the momentum never lags. Despite the thriller like read here, this is a scholarly work with over 40 pages of citations. Recommended with great enthusiasm! — Nancy Scheemaker

Riveting is the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe Hampton Sides' undeniably brilliant account of this pivotal event in America's history. Sides' research is impeccable and detailed and his writing style completely engrossing. If this were fiction, I would fault the author for the outrageous plot and too colorful characters, but I find I must praise him for an enlightening and enthralling book that earns my highest recommendation. — Erik Barnum

May 2010 Indie Next List


“This fast paced narrative tells the story of Eric Galt, prisoner #416J, otherwise known as James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. A non-descript, forgettable man obsessed with becoming someone, Ray weasels in and out of society with ease, taking down the most memorable man of the civil rights movement in his path. As the most intense manhunt ever carried out by the FBI is underway, Ray continues to blend and scurry for cover, leaving a trail throughout the United States, Canada and England. Fascinating, full of descriptive detail, this is a sad portrayal of the mighty taken down by the meek.”
— Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI



Product Details
ISBN: 9780718192068
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2011