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sábado, 28 de abril de 2018

"The bishop's pawn" de Steve Berry

he first case of New York Times bestseller Steve Berry’s iconic hero, Cotton Malone.
History notes that the ugly feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., marked by years of illegal surveillance and the accumulation of secret files, ended on April 4, 1968 when King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. But that may not have been the case.
Now, fifty years later, former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, must reckon with the truth of what really happened that fateful day in Memphis.
It all turns on an incident from eighteen years ago, when Malone, as a young Navy lawyer, is trying hard not to live up to his burgeoning reputation as a maverick. When Stephanie Nelle, a high-level Justice Department lawyer, enlists him to help with an investigation, he jumps at the opportunity. But he soon discovers that two opposing forces―the Justice Department and the FBI―are at war over a rare coin and a cadre of secret files containing explosive revelations about the King assassination, information that could ruin innocent lives and threaten the legacy of the civil rights movement’s greatest martyr.
Malone’s decision to see it through to the end ― from the raucous bars of Mexico, to the clear waters of the Dry Tortugas, and ultimately into the halls of power within Washington D.C. itself ― not only changes his own life, but the course of history.

Steve Berry always mines the lost riches of history — in The Bishop's Pawn he imagines a gripping, provocative thriller about an American icon.
Un libro para los seguidores de la serie protagonizada por Cotton Malone. ¿Alguna vez os habéis preguntado cómo fue el comienzo de su carrera como agente del Magellan Billet?
Si en el anterior libro Berry nos explicaba de dónde provenía el alias Cotton, aquí nos cuenta de boca del mismo Malone los inicios de su carrera en la agencia. Y qué mejor misterio que el tan controvertido asesinato de Martin Luther King II.

Una vez más Steve Berry toma un hecho real, histórico, y crea a su alrededor una historia que bien podría haber sido real. Pero esta vez lo hace en una forma que nunca hasta ahora había utilizado: la primera persona. Es el propio Malone quien tirando de su memoria nos cuenta lo que pudo haber sido la verdadera historia del asesinato de King.

No es el mejor libro de la serie, pero sí nos permite conocer cómo se forjó la personalidad de nuestro agente favorito.

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