Authors: Rashad Harrison
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 togetherâseparately. This is
a well-written journey back in time.”
âNEW 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.”
My Soul to Take
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
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 activistsâincluding Estemâfor 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.
has been a contributor to MedicineAgency.com, an online journal of political and cultural commentary, and his writing has appeared in
. 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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Homage to Martin Luther King
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Â Â Â Our man in the dark / by Rashad Harrison.
Â Â Â Â Â Â p. cm.
1. King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929â1968âAssassinationâFiction. 2. United States. Federal Bureau of InvestigationâFiction. 3. Civil rights workersâFiction. 4. InformersâFiction. 5. African American menâFiction. 6. Race relationsâFiction. I. Title.
813'.6âdc22 Â Â Â Â Â 2011000114
ISBN 978-1-4516-2575-2 (print)
ISBN 978-1-4516-2577-6 (eBook)