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

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Stellar writing...

This guy can write! Just finished Hellhound and my verdict is that Sides has produced a masterpiece. Sides tracks a killer and his victim in the days, weeks, and months before the murder in a way that is compelling in a simple, understated way. Had this book been writte...
This guy can write! Just finished Hellhound and my verdict is that Sides has produced a masterpiece. Sides tracks a killer and his victim in the days, weeks, and months before the murder in a way that is compelling in a simple, understated way. Had this book been written about two men we had never heard of, it would have been a fantastic read. But the narrative tracks two men we thought we knew and presents them as flesh and blood human with weaknesses, pathologies, and incredibly interesting lives. One of the reviewers complained that both men are presnted as equals-- this is not true. Instead, MLK is portrayed as the human being that he was who drank too much, was a terrible womanizer, and was filled with self-doubts. Imagine that: a human who is actually presented as a mortal man! Ray, is presnted as a deeply disturbed, racist career criminal-- this is hardly a positive presentation. The writing style is this book's best quality; it's very hard to put down and the reader will devour it in large chuncks!

posted by 282469 on November 12, 2010

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A peculiar book

This is a book that treats a common murder as an equal contest between the killer and the victim, and even that is not the oddest thing about it. The book is basically an apology for the FBI that uses its investigative work after the killing to vindicate COINTELPRO acti...
This is a book that treats a common murder as an equal contest between the killer and the victim, and even that is not the oddest thing about it. The book is basically an apology for the FBI that uses its investigative work after the killing to vindicate COINTELPRO activities before the killing. Very odd indeed. But the most disturbing element is the picture drawn in the first half of the book, with the (as he is portrayed here) bloated, orgiastic, angry, confused, no longer relevant King, being stalked by the Zen-like, implacable, driven, focused Ray (or rather Galt, since Ray is never named). The intention is clearly to demonstrate the superiority of Ray to King, and the portraits drawn here are barely recognizable when compared to what is in the historical record. The end result is a strange, unsettling book that is steered by undercurrents as mysterious as those that drove Ray. A serious drawback is huge gaps in the historical record, especially with regard to activities of Ray between the escape from Jeff City (where according to the book he has already become the ascetic, yoga practicing, relentless, calculating planner) and time in Mexico. One would never learn from reading this book that he had already been to Canada. That struck me as a huge omission from the story. I don't know what the author was trying to achieve here, but I know it bothers me. A lot.

posted by 280585 on May 14, 2010

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Go easy

    I am struggling with this one, seems to contrived. I was hoping for something less sensational, more matter of fact. Would not recommend. reads a bit like something out of National Enquirer etc.

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