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Our Man in the Dark: A Novel

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    You must read this book!

    This is the book to read!! The characters are fascinating with complex motives at a time in our history where many things were not as they appeared. I was so moved by the end of the book, I wanted to keep reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Something new has been created here

    Got referred to this title by goodreads. It's pitched as "historical noir"--and there's enough in this book for fans of those genres to be more than satisfied--but Our Man in the Dark transcends most of the limitations of genre. Something new has been created here. John Estem is one the most unforgettable characters recently created.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    GOOD READ !!!!

    Our Man in the Dark was very good book. Got referred from a friend. This book would br a great book for Book Clubs.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Dark Book with Unlikeable Characters

    John Estem has led a life where he has been constantly ridiculed, teased, and disrespected. As a bookkeeper for the SCLC, he hopes to gain respect and participate the movement. Even here he is under-appreciated and ignored. Hoping to gain some self-respect and win the affections of his long-time friend, Candy, John steals money from the SCLC which starts a series of events where John can't be sure how is friend or foe. John finds himself working as an informant for the FBI and taking orders from a gangsta. Soon he's in over his head and unable to find the respect he so needed.

    After accepting this book for review, I became very intrigued with the noir style. After doing a bit of research I discovered that noir fiction is a type of crime story with a cynical twist where almost all the characters in the story are troubled and there is no hero figure. Morality and inhibitions are not strong points and a doom-like theme dominates. This story definitely fits the bill. I liked how the entire plot was unpredictable and their were plenty of twists and turns. After a while, I stopped trying to guess what would happen next. I had to to sit back and watch the drama unfold. None of the characters are especially loveable, or even likeable, which is consistent with the style. I found that I started to view John the same way many of the other characters did. I pitied him and found his actions to be quite naive and deplorable. While there was a lot of action especially toward the end of the book, I felt like I wanted more action in the earlier parts of the story rather than hear the same inner thoughts from John. His self-pity and thoughts about gaining respect were quite repetitive. Additionally, I thought the conversations between Dr. King and John were a bit stilted and out of place. They sounded too formal and a bit unrealistic.

    Overall, if you are interested in historical noir, I think you'll enjoy this dark read that brings many twists and surprises.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Such a good read!

    I couldn't put this book down. The author writers his characters so vividly and he puts so much detail into accurately describing 60's Atlanta. Although its historical fiction I found this book to be really educational about the civil rights movement from a different point of view. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Gripping!!! Riveting!! Couldn't put it down!!

    Well done to Rashad Harrison for his debut novel!! Hooked me instantly. I couldn't put it down. Each page was every bit as gripping and powerful as the next and the next and the next. Definitely a must read!! I can't wait to see what's next for this eloquently expressive up and coming wordsmith!

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    Posted January 16, 2012

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