Books: Random Act

AN AMERICAN DEATH by GEROLD FRANK 467 pages. Doubleday. $10.

Every investigative reporter in the country must have written an assassination book by now. The form is a new American genre, perhaps creeping up on science fiction and detective stories. It is an honorable enough trade, as massively practiced on Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray by Gerold Frank, who seems to have graduated from his role as a semi-disembodied ghostwriter for actresses. Delving into all the details and mysteries that still surround King's murder, Frank presents evidence, conflicting reports, false leads,...

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