Our Man in the Dark
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 organiza...more
The main protagonist a black male one who started out as an account for Martin Luther King's circle gradually climbed the ladder and had the choice of pickings for company, the FBI, a black mobster, the trusted inner circle of the MLKing and one lovely beauty of a singer. This story is more th ...more
I began this book while my wife was running her New Year's Day half marathon, and in her three hour run I almost finished it. Then my wife wanted me to, like, congratulate her on her run and talk about how pretty the locale was, and really, all I wanted to do was get back to this book. It was so good, I really wanted the world to go away so I could just flippin' read.
Set in 1963, the story is told by John Estem, an accountant working for Dr. Martin Luther King, J ...more
John Estem is an accountant apprenticing with one of the few black CPAs in the country in the 1960s. Even better, he’s working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, with Dr. Martin Luther King. On the downside, his CPA boss is a bully, making fun of his brace and limp (the result of childhood polio) in front of Estem’s heroes—including Dr. King, Andrew Young, and Ralph Abernathy. Estem pilfers $10,000 and suddenly two white guys are tailing ...more
Estem is a bookkeeper for King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is basically someone who can't get anything right and has been handed a hard life which includes polio and an abusive father. He is the protagonist and there is nothing likable about him and his morals are quickly circulating the drain. There is no one likable. Even King comes across poorly as he allows one of his inner circle to badger and tease Estem. There is no sense that Estem w ...more
But when he starts working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – the civil rights organization headed by his hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. –he wants to believe his fortunes may soon change.
“Martin and I are very close,” he tells anyone who will listen. He even intimat ...more
OUR MAN IN THE DARK centers around Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement during the 1960s. However, King isn’t the protagonist of the novel, but a fictional character named John Estem who works as a bookkeeper for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta. When Estem finds out King’s funds contain an extra $10,000, which hasn’t been used, Este ...more
I know part of the problem is that the book has a really noirish ...more
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' ...more
Historical fiction is a genre that feels the constraint of realism, forcing the author to represent an alternate reality by developing the unheard thoughts of individual characters without straying too far from fact. In his debut novel, Harrison introduces us to the complex motivations behind John Estem, a civil rights worker with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) who turns FBI informant. Though not explicitly stated, the character is loosely based on Jim ...more
I didn't like any of the characters in the book. Some of them seemed so typical and had no imagination to them at all. I especially did not like the women they were demeaned. They were cast as property in the story. We all know that Martin King was not the angel but he made him seem to flawed, I think. John Estem was n ...more