Hampton Sides was interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air last night. Terry Gross calls his new book, Hellhound on My Trail, “a gripping account of [Martin Luther] King’s murder and the hunt for his assassin, James Earl Ray.”

Reviewers have been lining up to praise it;

  • Art Winslow, Los Angeles Times;  “… by following the paths of King and Ray in a deadly pas de deux…[Sides shows] the synchronicity of movements as King and his colleagues plot political strategy … while Ray draws ever closer in what would seem an erratic path if we didn’t know, as in myth, that a tragedy foreordained lay on the road ahead.”
  • Janet Maslin, Daily New York Times;  “Not many documentaries have the lean, unsparing urgency that can be found in Mr. Sides’s streamlined version…Both Dr. King and Ray come to life in these remarkable pages, generating great suspense without surprise, thanks to readers’ terrible foreknowledge of what will happen when these two cross paths.”
  • Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today ; “through Sides’ use of novelistic pacing, details and descriptions, he creates suspense that will propel readers through a slice of history.”
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Hampton Sides
Retail Price: $28.95
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2010-04-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0385523920 / 9780385523929

Random House Audio; UNABR; 978-0-7393-5892-4; $45
OverDrive WMA Audiobook

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