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In the first two books of his acclaimed Christopher Marlowe Cobb series, The Hot Country and The Star of Istanbul, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler captured the hearts of historical crime fiction fans with the artfulness of his World War I settings and his charismatic Chicago journalist.

In The Empire of Night, it is 1915, and President Woodrow Wilson is still assessing the war’s threat to the United States. After proving himself during the Lusitania mission, Kit is now a full-blown spy, working undercover in a castle on the Kentish coast owned by a suspected British government mole named Sir Albert Stockman. Kit is again thrown together with a female spy—his own mother, the beautiful and mercurial Isabel Cobb, who also happens to be a world-famous stage actress. Starring in a touring production of Hamlet, Isabel’s offstage role is to keep tabs on the supposed mole—an ardent fan of hers—while Kit tries to figure out Stockman’s secret agenda. Following his mother and her escort from the relative safety of London into the lion’s den of Berlin, Kit must remain in character at all times—even under the very nose of the Kaiser.

This third installment in Butler’s critically acclaimed series features the swash-buckling action, charismatic leading man, and artful prose that have won the hearts of historical crime fiction fans everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] thrilling historical series…Mr. Butler does a terrific job of depicting both the journalist’s facility for teasing information from his subjects and the spy’s incessant fear of being discovered. There’s something almost magical about the way the author re-creates this 1915 milieu.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • The Empire of Night is a smart and layered yarn…propulsive reading…Butler has developed a knack for snapping off taut, Hammett-esque sentences at tense moments…Butler is determined to show that genre fiction can be intellectually rich.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • The Empire of Night is a cracking good spy thriller, with a cast of memorable characters and a terrifically suspenseful plot that will have you casting the movie as you read. And Butler’s elegant writing elevates the book—he is a master of everything from lyrical description to believable dialogue.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Butler combines fascinating historical detail about the pre-WWI period with genuine suspense and a tongue-in-cheek wit that gives the whole a uniquely tart flavor. The multilayered, adversarial relationship between Kit and Isabel grows more fascinating with each installment and will leave readers eager to learn more.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Set on the cusp of America’s involvement in WWI, Butler’s exciting third Christopher Marlowe Cobb novel finds the American journalist-turned-spy not only deep in enemy territory in Berlin but paired with an unlikely ally: his mother, famed stage actress Isabel Cobb…The period details are spot on…This tale of shifting allegiances and worldwide consequences enthralls.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author
Author Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler is the author of more than ten novels and three story collections. In addition to a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and a National Magazine Award in 2001 and 2005, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and an NEA grant, as well as the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University.