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Palace Council Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 8, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From The New Yorker
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.
Top customer reviews
Carter is getting better at moving along the story and keeping the reader's attention. Hopefully, he will not have us waiting too long before releasing the next book on the leaders of the so-called darker nation. David.
It is quite well written and the story is interesting, and very engaging for the first half, but it seems to run out of steam about two thirds of the way through. It all gets a bit hard to believe and convoluted towards the end.
If you liked The Emperor of Ocean Park I am sure you will enjoy this book as well.