A native of Memphis, Hampton Sides is an award-winning editor of Outside magazine and the author of the acclaimed best-selling histories Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers. Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA award for nonfiction and the 2002 Discover Award from Barnes & Noble, and was the basis for the 2005 film The Great Raid. Sides' magazine work has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.
In Hellhound on His Trail, Sides weaves an electrifying account of Martin Luther King Jr.'s final days and the manhunt for James Earl Ray that followed. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, the book follows these two men as they crisscross the country, Ray stalking King, until the devastating moment at a Memphis hotel when the drifter catches up with his prey. Then, against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots, political crises, and the pathos of King's funeral, Sides tells a crosscut narrative of the assassin's flight and the massive, desperate search to find him.
Magnificent in scope and relentless in narrative drive, Hellhound on His Trail is a profound examination of the costs of hatred and how history is often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.