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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR OUR MAN IN THE DARK


Our Man in the Dark
is an eye-opening insight into
the troubling times this nation experienced as it struggled to
reset its moral compass. It offers a glimpse into a world where
two races lived together—separately. This is
a well-written journey back in time.”

—NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS


Our Man in the Dark
is smart, snappy, and fascinating. As the child of civil rights activists, I applaud Rashad Harrison's wonderfully written debut and his examination of how an ordinary man ended up on the wrong side of history.”

—TANANARIVE DUE,

author of
My Soul to Take
and
Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights

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.

F
eeling 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.

RASHAD HARRISON
has been a contributor to MedicineAgency.com, an online journal of political and cultural commentary, and his writing has appeared in
Reed Magazine
. As a Jacob K. Javits fellow, he earned a master of fine arts in creative writing from New York University. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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OUR MAN IN THE DARK

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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Homage to Martin Luther King
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Harrison, Rashad.

   Our man in the dark / by Rashad Harrison.

      p. cm.

1. King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929–1968—Assassination—Fiction. 2. United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation—Fiction. 3. Civil rights workers—Fiction. 4. Informers—Fiction. 5. African American men—Fiction. 6. Race relations—Fiction. I. Title.

PS3608.A7837O97 2011

813'.6—dc22       2011000114

ISBN 978-1-4516-2575-2 (print)
ISBN 978-1-4516-2577-6 (eBook)

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Contents

Author's Note

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

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