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History recalls 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, 50 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 18 years ago, when Malone, as a young navy lawyer, was 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, DC, itself - changes not only 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.
"Narrator Scott Brick's smooth voice flows with the twists and turns of Berry's political thriller...Secrets unravel, and tensions rise as Brick shifts vocal focus from the historical secret society to contemporary conspirators who include corrupt politicians and judges." — AudioFile Magazine on The Lost Order
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By John on 05-09-18
The bishops pawn
Wow! What a fantastic novel. Cotton Malone remains as a combination of James Bond and Jason Bourne with a bit of Ghanaian. Although this is a novel which Steve Berry always separates fact from fiction, I have learned more about history than all the seminars and biographies I have read. This is more poignant because I have lived through all of this. Thank you Steve.
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By Cathy E. Howe on 04-30-18
I am an old woman, and remember this tumultuous time well. My partner is a native born Memphian, who stood in the courthouse with his Father and watched the riots on the street below after Reverend King's death. We have talked about that and race relations in Memphis. I thought I was relatively well informed. This book proved that belief false.I just finished this book, and am still reeling. It highlights, in Mr. Berry's inimical fashion, the history of the civil rights movement, and postulates a version I have never considered. I don't want to say anything that would be a spoiler, so I will say no more on that. I can see why some folks were turned off by the obvious political bias expressed, but, overall, this is a really good book, one I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys Mr. Berry's other Cotton Malone books. It gives insight into the characters we have come to know, and the choices Cotton made which leave him where he ended up in the last book. I found that alone a wonderful aspect of this book.
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