Book Review of
Hellhound on His Trail
On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across the country and mourners gathered at King’s funeral, investigators launched a sixty-five day search for King’s assassin that would lead them across two continents. With a blistering, cross-cutting narrative that draws on a wealth of dramatic unpublished documents, Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, delivers a non-fiction thriller in the tradition of William Manchester’s The Death of a President and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. With Hellhound On His Trail, Sides shines a light on the largest manhunt in American history and brings it to life for all to see.
Books like Hellhound on His Trail remind me of why I love reading nonfiction. Well written nonfiction books makes history interesting and teaches you something you would have never known. On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. With Hellhound On His Trail, Sides is able to show the details before, during, after this assassination. Sides is able to bring the story to life and make it feel like the reader is living through the events of history. This is not a light read, but it is an important read about part of American history.
I think that this is a part of history that I have not lived through but need to read about. I enjoyed its writing, but also the details about this assassination that I had never heard before.