The Bishop’s Pawn by Steve Berry; 2018; $28.99; 340 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-14022-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 3/25/18-3/27/18

Why did I read this?  Because it is Steve Berry’s newest book and I have read all his previous books and enjoy the way he intertwines historic events with the current day.

Cotton Malone meets someone he met back at the  beginning of his time with the Magellan Billet.  He meets them with files he has been saving for the last fifty years or so.  The majority of the book is set around the time of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination and details the corruption of the FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover.  Hoover was a racist who hated King and did everything in power to facilitate a fall from power.  Illegal wiretaps, lies, misinformation and other sleazy methods.  This story provides a alternate theory of the killing of this civil rights icon.  There is a bigger degree of suspension of disbelief than I could deal with.  Most of the story is suspenseful and thrilling but the conclusion left me cold.

Grade 8/10

What is with the title of the review?  Berry’s purpose is to write an intriguing story by positing an alternative to the accepted narrative, however I had a problem buying into the alternative.