Brief book review: Hellhound on his trail

The subtitle of this book by Hampton Sides is “The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin”  which pretty much sums up the action.

This is a suspense thriller which also happens to be a true story.   In 1968 the escaped convict and assassin James Earl Ray managed to elude the FBI for over two months as he fled across numerous states and four countries. It was called the most extensive manhunt in the history of the FBI. In addition the man managed to escape not just once, but twice, from maximum security prisons.

If you enjoy reading crime thrillers you are bound to enjoy this.  In addition it provides an insightful look at the civil rights movement and America in the late 60’s.