Our Man in the Dark TLC Book Tour Review

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Our Man in the Dark

I have to preface this review by admitting that I failed history in school. It was one of my least favorite subjects.

But as of late, I have discovered historical fiction. Historical fiction, when it is good, makes me want to learn more. Find out what is true and what is not true.

Our Man in the Dark is good historical fiction. It is a historical noir novel about a worker in the civil right’s movement who becomes involved with the FBI.

John Estem is an accountant working for Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. After he steals $10,000 from the organization, he is approached by the FBI. They want him to act as informant; they are concerned with communism infiltrating the organization. If he refuses, they remind him that they know about the money.

The rest of the story unfolds, exposing all of the bad qualities that human beings possess.

I have no idea what facts in the story are true. I do not know if the FBI had tapes on Martin Luther King. I do not know if they infiltrated the SCLC. What I do know is that book makes me want to learn more.

What elevated this book from a standard historical fiction was the writing. I love a good noir, and Rashad Harrison did not disappoint.

The allure of money and it’s hold are undeniable. I would love to strut for her and let her have a glimpse of the man I’ve been hiding away. I have tried persistence, but never money. I’ve never tried it because I’ve never had any. This is tragic considering that every day I track its movements. I know money’s habits. I know where it breeds, where it rests, and where it feeds, but it remains elusive. Like a frustrated hunter, I lose its scent somewhere.

See?!  It’s all good.  I look forward to reading more from this author!

More reviews of Our Man in the Dark, and the author’s website:  RashadHarrison.com.

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  1. says

    I would have liked history a lot more if we had learned it through historical fiction! It’s one of my favorite genres. I feel like I’m learning AND being entertained.

  2. says

    It does sound interesting, and the style is intriguing. But please, tell me that the author didn’t write “The allure of money and it’s hold . . . ” or perhaps point me in the direction of a publisher who needs an editor to eliminate unnecessary apostrophes.

  3. says

    Re: the renegade apostrophe, I find that I do the same thing sometimes (quite against my will, my little finger just wanders over to that key!). Glad to hear that I am not alone – thanks for the reassurance.

  4. says

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I was reading the summary to my husband and he is really intrigued (he didn’t like history in school either …) so it looks like I’ll be picking up a copy for him.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour! I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.

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