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!