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A stunning debut historical noir novel about a worker in the civil rights movement who became an informant for the FBI during the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Feeling underappreciated and overlooked, John Estem, a bookkeeper for Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), steals ten thousand dollars from the organizaA stunning debut historical noir novel about a worker in the civil rights movement who became an informant for the FBI during the months leading up to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Feeling underappreciated and overlooked, John Estem, a bookkeeper for Dr. King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), steals ten thousand dollars from the organization. Originally planning to use the money to seed a new civil rights initiative in Chicago, he squanders the stolen funds. To the bookkeeper's dismay, the FBI has been keeping close tabs on Dr. King and his fellow activists - including Estem - for years.FBI agents tell Estem that it is his duty, as an American and as a civil rights supporter, to protect the SCLC from communist infiltration. The FBI offers Estem a stipend, but in case he has any thoughts about refusing the assignment, they also warn him that they know about the stolen money. Playing informant empowers Estem, but he soon learns that his job is not simply to relay information on the organization. Once the FBI discovers evidence of King's sexual infidelities, they set out to confirm the facts to undermine King's credibility as a moral leader and bring down the movement. This timely novel comes in light of recent revelations that government informants had infiltrated numerous black movement organizations. With historical facts at the core of Our Man in the Dark, Harrison uses real life as a great inspiration for his drama-filled art....

Title : Our Man in the Dark: A Novel
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ISBN : 9781531815769
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 563 Pages
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Our Man in the Dark: A Novel Reviews

  • Gram
    2019-04-01 15:40

    Set in the 1960's this story tells of John Estem who works as a bookkeeper for the Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Throughout his life, Estem feels he has been ridiculed and - in his eyes - underappreciated by everyone. This latter feeling continues in his work for the SCLC, so Estem decides to increase his standing by stealing 10 thousand dollars, telling himself he'll use the money to expand civil rights protests from the South to Chicago.Instead, he spends it on a flash car and an expensive suit - and that's when the FBI steps in. Agents who have been monitoring Dr King and the SCLC persuade Estem to become their informant, citing fears of Communist influence among civil rights leaders. Estem seems totally oblivious to the fact that what the FBI really wants is to destroy King's credibity by any means possible. To me, he seems like a Walter Mitty character, living in a fantasy world in which he sees himself becoming a major figure in Martin Luther King's life while simultaneously winning the love of Candy, a nightclub singer, the girlfriend of a local pimp who owns a club where Estem spends most of his nights, getting drunk and having sex with prostitutes in back of the club.I found this book - and Estem, who carries self-pity to the extreme - very hard to like. The book's language - especially descriptions of various settings - was way too flowery and the dialogue stilted. As the story wore on, I became really annoyed with the main character's constant whining. The publishers describe it as "a noir novel", but it reads more like a tame morality tale that lacks any "street cred". The author may have long experience of creative writing, but he really needs to learn how to tell a story.