“The Bishop’s Pawn” by Steve Berry


By Steve Berry

Berry has always ‘hit it out of the park’ with his books; with this, he’s basically hit it to the moon and back. It is that good.

It is present day, and a gentleman is asked to come to the door of a very famous address. It is famous because many years ago three children were born and raised here. It was the middle son, Michael, who traveled with his father to Berlin; when they were there, the father changed their names to Martin Luther King—one Senior; one Junior. This gentleman, by the name of Cotton Malone, comes to the address. Mr. Malone knows what is going to occur. Fifty years after the infamous murder of MLK, this former Justice Department agent is going to look into what happened in Memphis and hopefully uncover the real truth that the world has not been privy to up until now.

Written into history is the story of bad blood between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr. This feud ended, and a pile of secrets were buried, when King was killed by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968. But, according to this story, what history preaches may not have been the real case.

As the story progresses, time is turned back so readers follow a young lawyer for the Navy (Malone), as he tries to come to grips with King’s vicious killing that day. Another person in the mix is Stephanie Nelle, a Justice Department lawyer, who asks Malone to help with an investigation in progress. Soon, however, Malone finds there are two forces snapping at his heels: the Justice Department and the FBI who are at each other’s throats over a rare coin and a whole bunch of secret files containing revelations about the killing that could destroy the legacy MLK left behind.

Berry is outstanding, taking people on a hunt through the past that brings even more suspense to a crime that has never been forgotten.

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