Stu Wexler and I are both happy that our new book Killing King should be available during the next few weeks; it is available now on Amazon for pre-order:
Pre-publication reviews always raise author anxiety levels but fortunately we have received very positive write-ups from respected sources such as Kirkus, Booklist and Publishers weekly. Publishers Weekly went so far as to give us a starred review, which is exciting for any new book:
Now if you have read or are familiar with our earlier work; The Awful Grace of God, obvious questions are why another book on the King assassination and what’s different about it.
The simple answer is that it takes a great deal of time to obtain information via FOIA and as part of our research we literally had to wait years to get certain materials, some of which opened up entirely new leads. Stu largely carried the ball in that effort and as our research continued we found that we could flesh out certain areas – such as the convoluted process by which the White Knights actually attempted to first patsy and then kill one of their own to divert attention from their involvement.
We also discovered new connections between where the money for the final bounty offer was raised – in Atlanta – and the mechanics (meaning the cut-outs, covers and connections) between several of the individuals, including Ray, in what was an evolving plot.
Once you get your head around the fact that the same people had been trying to kill Dr. King for years, you face up to the fact that it involved several sub-plots and many different people over that time and it is in no way simple and straight forward.
My contribution was convincing Stu that we finally had enough detail to essentially write more focused book, more of a true crime story than the broader historical study that you find in The Awful Grace of God. Killing King is more focused, more detailed, and a deeper view into the plots and players.
It’s definitely a frightening story and as a side note it helps get across the point that the type of thinking involved, the types of groups involved and the way in which they connect older, seasoned members with easily influenced young people is still a very contemporary concern – as we have seen in several brutal Church and school shootings over the last couple of years.