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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen L. Carter Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN: 9781415939031
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Lemaster Carlyle, the president of the country's most prestigious university, and his wife, Julie, the divinity school's deputy dean, are America's most prominent and powerful African American couple. Driving home through a swirling blizzard late one night, the couple skids off the road. Near the sight of their accident they discover a dead body. To her horror, Julia recognizes the body as a prominent academic and one of her former lovers. In the wake of the death, the icy veneer of their town Elm Harbor, a place Julie calls "the heart of whiteness," begins to crack, having devastating consequences for a prominent local family and sending shock waves all the way to the White House.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 2/18/2014

    " entertaining political conspiracy thriller with a lot to recommend it. and the heroine is a mother and divinity school dean! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilyane | 2/15/2014

    " I read all of Stephen Carter's books - he's addictive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavande | 2/13/2014

    " Come for the murder mystery and stay for commentary on African American social politics. Despite books like Our Kind of People, many still don't believe that these types of groups exist and relegate them to the myths of The Cosby Show. I really enjoyed this book because I am familiar with the social stratums delineated and the author does a pretty good job writing from a woman's point of view. The mystery is taut enough to keep you reading but there are a few elements (for example, a supernatural plot twist) that he doesn't follow through on. It's during moments like these that he seems to take the reader for granted. I think following through on a few of these tangents would have only enriched the story. The premise is interesting and one that hasn't been done before and the author is an intelligent writer. A great addition to the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlotterhos | 2/9/2014

    " It is a murder mystery and very well written...don't know the ending yet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momruns5 | 2/8/2014

    " It got a little confusing. Who did what and when. But, I was listening on tape and sometimes that's harder to keep track. A mystery about the death of a black college professor that in turn links to the past death of a white college student years before and the black student who was unjustly punished for this. A little far-fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 2/4/2014

    " follow up to emperor of ocean park. good book but emperor was better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed the story and the way it was told by the author. The characters were believable and comprehensible. Stephen is clearly gifted! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 1/19/2014

    " Wow - a looong book! Alot about the AA culture especially the wealthy, old AA families. Also a murder mystery and a tale of relationships. Not always an eas read, butI enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janak | 1/7/2014

    " I thought this book was 200 pages too long. The conspiracy theory just seems too far fetched. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 10/13/2013

    " Piece of poo. And 610 pages of poo at that. I needed a trifle after CFA studying, and this fit the bill. Still poo though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katywhumpus | 5/1/2013

    " Good mystery, but a bit of a slow read. I liked his first book - Emperor of Ocean Park - better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Akil | 2/26/2013

    " I continue not to be impressed by Mr. Carter's work. I guess this could have been better, the overall premise and point I actually liked, but he journey to get there wasn't interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 2/10/2013

    " This is an interesting book. At times, it feels contrived, and then at other times, it flows with the best of them. Overall, this book takes a harsh, but seemingly realistic look at issues surrounding being black and wealthy in America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 10/5/2012

    " Really well-written, dense, intriguing - great mystery, even if it took me 2 months to read it! I was a little disappointed with the ending but don't want to say why - don't want to give it away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 suellen | 9/9/2012

    " Such a good writer - he's a little weaker when he's writing the women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Beaty | 8/4/2012

    " Stephen Carter is brilliant! His ability to weave dense but captivating mysteries is impressive. I liked this book almost as much as The Emperor of Ocean Park. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vscottlaw06 | 3/15/2012

    " I am currently reading this and find it somewhat enjoyable -- as long as there are no distractions at the time. Mr. Carter's writing style is extraordinarily detailed and somewhat laborious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 2/14/2012

    " I enjoyed this and all - and I loved The Emperor of Ocean Park - but this one needed a better editor. It should have been cut by about 200 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kash | 9/30/2011

    " Wow! Loved this well written book, full of intrigue, and a different perspective than one usually sees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina Abercrombie-winstanley | 6/16/2011

    " great writing, but I found it difficult to care about Jules. I kept expecting it to hot up, but it meandered til the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 5/14/2011

    " Interesting view of an African American family. I like this author's novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alang | 2/19/2011

    " Excellant read good page turner!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2011

    " i like everything s.l. carter writes. met the author at literary lights and was impressed by his charm, intellect and grace "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 12/28/2010

    " it didn't need to be so long. Stripped down a little, it would have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/22/2010

    " A great, fun read but an unsatisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Majda | 9/14/2010

    " Not bad! It was more compelling than my rate of reading makes it appear... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 8/21/2010

    " This book was okay to read but not something I would probably recommend "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Celine | 8/1/2010

    " Too long. Story drags. The only positive thing I can say is that the novel gives a portrait of an affluent African-American family -- one you do not usually see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 7/6/2010

    " I enjoyed Stephen Carter's Writing. He is clearly a brilliant individual. But the plot got a little too complex as it reached the climax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 6/24/2010

    " This is my first book by S. Carter. It was a pretty good who-dun-it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 6/6/2010

    " Continuation of Emperor of Ocean Park in a way, more of the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kash | 5/5/2010

    " Wow! Loved this well written book, full of intrigue, and a different perspective than one usually sees. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter, also known as A. L. Shields, is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University and the author of seven nonfiction books. He and his family live in Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin has won twenty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.