The Bishop's Pawn - Steve Berry

The Bishop's Pawn

By Steve Berry

  • Release Date: 2018-03-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Book: The Bishop's Pawn
The Bishop's Pawn book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 122 Ratings)

The Bishop's Pawn Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Bishop's Pawn is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

The 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.

User reviews about the book

  • Not up to his usual writing

    By Bview9350
    Hard to believe this author laid an egg, but Bishop’s Pawn was a yawner. Way too much boring detail and almost lifeless characters.
  • Not his best work

    By Forresttb1
    I was very disappointed in The Bishop's Pawn, it was not Berry's best work. He noted that this was his first ever attempt at writing a novel from the first person perspective. I didn't like it and don't enjoy novels written in first person. I like the author to be able to shift the perspective from different view points, and up to this novel it was something Berry had always mastered. I hope this was his last attempt at utilizing this method of writing. It was as if the novel was written by a different author entirely.
  • The Bishop’s Pawn

    By O'Seay
    Unbelievable thesis, way too long and wordy, undeveloped characters. I found the book unsatisfying and the ending not credible. I like most of Mr. Berry’s books but he sometimes goes off the deep end and that is where this book resides, in my opinion.
  • Thrilling and Beguiling

    By asapr212
    I greatly enjoyed this book and its look back at Cotton Malone and at Dr. King’s struggle and legacy. Creative, respectful and with some excellent twists and turns.
  • Excellent....

    By Samnite100
    Great Read...
  • The Bishop’s Pawn

    By alalawyer
    I have been an admirer of Mr. Berry’s work for a long time. This is one of his best. It captured my attention and I couldn’t put it down. Great use of Cotton Malone one of my favorite heroes!
  • Good use of history

    By BvrClvr
    The author uses history well to weave a tale of FBI corruption in the mid 1960’s as it pertains to the civil rights movement. The use of a first person narrative makes the tale read like a cheap piece of pulp fiction somewhat like a 1950’s detective B movie. The author admits it is his first use of the first person narrative, so he deserves credit for that. My opinion is he should stay away from it. I also didn’t need the one sided political philosophy opinion at the end. I can get that any night on cable news. I don’t need it when reading fiction. A decent read, however.

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