The Bishop's Pawn takes a look at the feud between J. Edgar Hoover and Martin Luther King, Jr., and what influence that might have had on King's assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Cotton Malone is a young Navy lawyer and his commanding officer feels he might be somewhat of a loose cannon. Then Stephanie Nelle enlists Cotton's services for the Justice Department on a mission involving a rare coin and it isn't long before Cotton realizes this assignment isn't exactly what he bargained for. In addition to the coin, Cotton finds a secret stash of files with information on Martin Luther King's assassination. Both the FBI, the Justice Department and other individuals will stop at nothing to secure what Cotton has unearthed while the legacy of the civil rights movement could hang in the balance.
As I have said several times on this blog, Cotton Malone is one of the best literary characters of all time. The Bishop's Pawn offers all of the historical intrigue along with the heart-racing adventures that I have come to expect from a Cotton Malone novel. I did particularly enjoy that it offered a look back into how Cotton became involved with the Magellan Billet and I also appreciated how the narrative was composed. I heard Steve Berry say in an interview that his novels are 90% historical fact and I believe that is one of the reasons I'm so drawn into his stories. I always come away in awe that I never knew this particular pocket of historical information existed or took place.
As always, I cannot more strongly recommend Steve Berry's books. They never disappoint and you always come away wanting to read more. Our book club frequently selects his novels since they always offer up some good discussion points and we enjoy reading about Cotton's latest quests.
I received this book courtesy of Minotaur Books St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.