Hellhound on his Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 3, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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Hellhound on His Trail is the story of two very different men whose lives catastrophically interweaved over the course of some nine months in the late 1960s: one was a thief and con man called James Earl Ray, the other one of the greatest American figures of the twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr.

Hampton Sides follows in Ray's footsteps as he escapes from prison, creates a new identity for himself and becomes convinced of his mission to kill King. Hellhound on His Trail is equally the story of King himself in his last months, fighting to keep his ideals alive in the face of intensive FBI surveillance and his own exhausted frustration.

With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Ray and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the fateful moment, on 4 April 1968 at a Memphis hotel, when the drifter finally caught up with his prey. Nationwide riots were sparked by the assassination, followed by the largest manhunt in American history.

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

This is a well-written account of how elusive James Earl Ray was and the difficulty in apprehending him. In the end, it was Scotlalnd Yard that found him, with the help of the FBI. This is yet another ... Read full review

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User Review  - kvrfan - LibraryThing

Hampton Sides knows how to present history as a page-turner. Having been impressed with his book, "Blood and Thunder," I was equally so with "Hellhound on His Trail." It's the story of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Hampton Sides is the author of the bestselling Ghost Soldiers, winner of the 2002 PEN USA Award for non-fiction and Blood and Thunder, named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine. He lives in New Mexico.

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