The Bishop's Pawn
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The first case of New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s iconic hero, Cotton Malone.
History notes that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case.
Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.
It all turns on an incident from eighteen years ago, when Malone, as a young Navy lawyer, is trying hard not to live up to his burgeoning reputation as a maverick. When Stephanie Nelle, a high-level Justice Department lawyer, enlists him to help with an investigation, he jumps at the opportunity. But he soon discovers that two opposing forces—the Justice Department and the FBI—are at war over a rare coin and a cadre of secret files containing explosive revelations about the King assassination, information that could ruin innocent lives and threaten the legacy of the civil rights movement’s greatest martyr.
Malone’s decision to see it through to the end —— from the raucous bars of Mexico, to the clear waters of the Dry Tortugas, and ultimately into the halls of power within Washington D.C. itself —— not only changes his own life, but the course of history.
Steve Berry always mines the lost riches of history —— in The Bishop's Pawn he imagines a gripping, provocative thriller about an American icon.
Good use of history
The author uses history well to weave a tale of FBI corruption in the mid 1960’s as it pertains to the civil rights movement.
The use of a first person narrative makes the tale read like a cheap piece of pulp fiction somewhat like a 1950’s detective B movie.
The author admits it is his first use of the first person narrative, so he deserves credit for that. My opinion is he should stay away from it.
I also didn’t need the one sided political philosophy opinion at the end. I can get that any night on cable news. I don’t need it when reading fiction.
A decent read, however.
The Bishop’s Pawn
I have been an admirer of Mr. Berry’s work for a long time. This is one of his best. It captured my attention and I couldn’t put it down. Great use of Cotton Malone one of my favorite heroes!