This story starts 18 years ago, when Cotton Malone was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in Mayport Florida, a lawyer. Predictably, it starts with Cotton in deep trouble and predictably he is bailed out by a stranger, a woman named Stephanie Nelle. So begins Cotton’s first job for Magellan Billet. It was to be simple. Retrieve a case containing a rare coin worth millions from a sunken ship. Not a problem. But he soon learns that he hasn’t been told the whole story, a story with more twists and turns than a mountain road. A story about a conspiracy, a conspiracy surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. I love the Cotton Malone books. The history is accurate (mostly) and the locales are beautifully described. The action is non-stop. That is true of this one. So I can’t understand why it didn’t wow me as usual. It is still a good read, and I still enjoyed it. Just not quite as much.
eGalley review Publication date 3.20.18