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Dominic Hoffman's voice possesses a touch of sandpaper that causes every word to be rubbed raw before emerging from between his lips. The hardboiled sensation is appropriate for law professor and novelist Carters suspenseful story of secret societies, political intrigue, and the social swirl of Harlems 1950s elite. Eddie Wesley, a writer and member of African-American high society, finds himself thrust into a shadowy world of murder and espionage, forced to use his authorial skills to uncover the truth. Hoffmans occasional forays into doing voices, like those of Vietnamese police officers, are unfortunate, but the grain of his voice is alluring enough that listeners will want him to just keep going. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, May 19).(Aug.)
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Set primarily in the years between 1954 and 1974what Carter calls the "two decades" of the sixtiesthis political thriller leaves virtually no important person or event unturned. Richard Nixon, Langston Hughes, and dissident groups all play roles as the action shifts from Harlem to Washington and Saigon. After Eddie Wesley stumbles upon the body of a prominent lawyer who died clutching the talisman of a secret society in his fist, he finds himself caught up in the machinations of spies and assassins. Untangling the so-called Palace Councils purpose gains new urgency when Eddies sister suddenly vanishes. At the same time, Aurelia, the ex-girlfriend for whom he still carries a torch, is on her own path to discovering the enigmatic groups secrets. While Carter offers a finely drawn picture of the complicated black social world, and the high-reaching conspiracy has its allure, he seems to strain to pull his story togetherdiscarded candy wrappers become a clue to the anticlimactic finish.
I have enjoyed several of Stephen Carter's other books, and was looking forward to reading this one as well. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Pam George
Good book. This line had relevant tangent that related to the story. It had me thinking of times in my life that occurred when the story was happening. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carlos A. Simmons
I enjoyed this tale of Stephen Carter's just as I enjoyed two of his previous novels. His wanderings are enticing as he weaves a story. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Trevora Montieth
I have liked all of his books, but found the plot of this one a little far fetched.Published 10 months ago by Deborah Greenbush
I love any novel written by Stephen L. Carter. His writing pulls you right into the story from the first page.Published 11 months ago by Skyy Sutton
Still reading this one. Though there are lots of racial overtones, they are in a context where there was still a lot of problems with this: 1950s and 1960. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James A. Freeman
I have now read three of Dr. Carter's books, and I have enjoyed them all. While I may be easily impressed, the way he wove this story into the historical period, and made use of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bob Henderson