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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is ripe for a noir thriller. Being on the right side of history doesn't mean there isn't drama behind the scenes. In "Our Man in the Dark," John Estem is an underdog, a man with a limp from polio, an accountant left on the periphery— and resentful of it. When he embezzles from the organization, the FBI pounces, and they have a new informant. Our antihero struggles through a moral maze for the rest of the story.
J. D. Jackson is perfectly cast as the narrator. He brings an emotive delivery that has you, too, looking over your shoulder.
I love that this Civil Rights Era thriller is ambiguous. There are bad guys on both sides and it's as noir as they get. Egos get bruised, pride stands in for wisdom, and everyone has something to hide.
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