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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen L. Carter Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Grisham called Stephen L. Carter’s first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park, “beautifully written and cleverly plotted. A rich, complex family saga, one deftly woven through a fine legal thriller.” The Chicago Tribune hailed Carter’s next book, New England White, as “a whodunit with conscience.” Now this bestselling novelist returns with an electrifying political thriller set in the turbulent era of Watergate and Vietnam, giving us one of the most riveting and naked portraits of Nixon ever written.

In the summer of 1952, twenty prominent men gather at a secret meeting on Martha’s Vineyard and devise a plot to manipulate the President of the United States. Soon after, the body of one of these men is found by Eddie Wesley, Harlem’s rising literary star. When Eddie’s younger sister mysteriously disappears, Eddie and the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, are pulled into what becomes a twenty year search for the truth. As Eddie and Aurelia uncover layer upon layer of intrigue, their odyssey takes them from the wealthy drawing rooms of New York through the shady corners of radical politics, all the way to the Oval Office.

Stephen Carter’s novel is as complex as it is suspenseful, and with his unique ability to turn stereotypes inside out, Palace Council is certain to enthrall listeners to the very last moment.

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  • Stephen Carter can really write. I loved every page of Palace Council and am eager for more. Robert B. Parker

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deb | 2/19/2014

    " Intricate plotting is the hallmark of Carter's work. Again, intrigue abounds as the characters move from just post Harlem renaissance to Vietnam activism and White House hi-jinks. Eddie is a keepin it real writer ala Baldwin who becomes a presidential speech writer, but his main goal is to find out what happened to his sister June who disappeared after her involvement with radical terrorists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caleb | 2/1/2014

    " In reflecting on this one, I can't pinpoint exactly why this let me down as much as it did. It's a thriller, but at times it feels like the author (a Yale law professor) knows this and is trying to deconstruct the thriller or play to the genre's ends. The story itself is fast paced and interesting and kept me guessing, but the end left me flat and I didn't completely care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/27/2014

    " This Stephen L. Carter's third novel, and the third one for me.... I love his writing, his plot intracacies, the world he to which he introduces us of old-money African Americans that is not well known to many people. He is a brilliant man, which comes through in his fictional writing. He just occasional resorts to cliches, but nobody's perfect! I like the way his characters recur in different novels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 1/24/2014

    " While it takes a chapter or two to get used to the rhythm of Carter's writing, this story sucks you in and won't let you go until the end. Gives a highly interesting picture of the upper classes of Harlem and their relationship to events in American history through the tumultuous years of the mid-twentieth century. "

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