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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hampton Sides Narrator: Hampton Side Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across the country and mourners gathered at King’s funeral, investigators launched a sixty-five-day search for King’s assassin that would lead them across two continents.

With a blistering, crosscutting narrative that draws on a wealth of dramatic unpublished documents, Hampton Sides, bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers, delivers a nonfiction thriller in the tradition of William Manchester’s The Death of a President and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. With Hellhound on His Trail, Sides shines a light on the largest manhunt in American history and brings it to life for all to see.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Knowing how the era-defining story ends doesn’t make these parallel portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the man who killed him any less riveting.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Searing…A complex crime mystery that shifts the focus from Dr. King to his killer…Gripping.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A riveting recreation of a tragedy…Through Sides’ use of novelistic pacing, details, and descriptions, he creates suspense that will propel readers through a slice of history.”

    USA Today

  • “Viscerally dramatic…Spellbinding…Both Dr. King and Ray come to life in these remarkable pages.”

    New York Times

  • “A taut, vibrant account…Chilling in detail and particularly haunting in evoking the confusion and pathos in the minutes following the single crack of Ray’s rifle.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Enlightening…A valuable contribution to the historical record [and] a memorable and persuasive portrait.”

    Washington Post

  • “Nail-bitingly riveting.”


  • “Remarkable journalism…Compulsively readable…[Sides] writes…with a passion that resonates…Compelling.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Gripping, exciting, and engrossing…Hits us with the shuddering intensity of a high-speed collision.”

    Times (London)

  • “Remarkable…A window on the passions and contradictions of an era.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Sides’ meticulous yet driving account of Ray’s plot to murder King and the 68-day international manhunt that followed is in essence a true-crime story and a splendid specimen of the genre—a genuine corker.”


  • “A carefully researched and crisply written account…Sides crafts careful profiles of his major characters.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Extraordinary…Remarkable journalism.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Impossible to put down…A masterful work of narrative nonfiction, no one does it better than Hampton Sides.”

    Associated Press

  • “Meticulously researched, reads like nothing so much as a novel…creating plenty of plain old-fashioned suspense that makes the reader’s heart pound.”


  • “As urgent a page-turner as any crime novel—a feat Sides accomplishes without sacrificing historical detail and insight.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “An authoritative, engrossing narrative…Thoroughly researched but executed with the pacing of a fine novel and a dash of top-notch police procedural…Meticulous.”

    Miami Herald

  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 O Magazine Best Book in Nonfiction
  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terence Bryant | 2/20/2014

    " My buddy and I were discussing the topic of MLK and he recommended this book. It Was a page turner and I couldn't stop. It captures a lot of info and really detailed and chilling facts about MLKs death. Hampton Sides is an amazing author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joe | 2/8/2014

    " Good read but it helped being in Memphis at the time of the shooting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 2/6/2014

    " Great nonfiction book that reads like fiction. The depth of the author's research and great storytelling makes this fly by. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheryl | 2/2/2014

    " This book is captivating! "

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