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USA Today called Stephen L. Carter's last novel the perfect summer read.... Carter slips in so many original, thought-provoking observations that the reader is sad the killer has been caught. Now Carter, the bestselling author of New England White, is back with Palace Council, a gripping political thriller set in the era of Watergate and Vietnam.

Philmont Castle is a man who has it all: wealth, respect, and connections. He's the last person you'd expect to fall prey to a murderer, but when his body is found on the grounds of a Harlem mansion, the young writer Eddie Wesley, along with the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, are pulled into a 20-year search for the truth. The disappearance of Eddie's sister June makes their investigation even more troubling. 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 and President Nixon himself.

Suspenseful, provocative, and witty, Palace Council turns our assumptions inside out and reminds us how the struggles of that era set the stage for America today.

Review:

"Spanning the years from 1954 to 1974, bestseller Carter's third novel, a subtle and intelligent page-turner, centers on the murder of a prominent white Wall Street attorney, Philmont Castle. After literally stumbling on Castle's garroted corpse in a Harlem park, Eddie Wesley, a young and ambitious African-American writer, is afraid to identify himself to the police. An inverted cross bearing a cryptic inscription clutched in the victim's hand intrigues Wesley enough for him to pursue a trail that leads to a shadowy group of conspirators known as the Palace Council. Aided by his on-again, off-again love interest, Aurelia Treene, Wesley also searches for his beloved sister, Junie, whose disappearance may be connected to Castle's death. Though aspects of the plot require more suspension of disbelief than in Carter's previous novels (New England White; The Emperor of Ocean Park), the rich characterization and elegant writing more than compensate. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

A cabal of powerful men meets in an East Coast mansion, sometime between the first chill of the Cold War and the dawn of the civil rights era. Claret and cigars are served. The men hatch a secret plan. Mighty forces are set in motion. People's lives get moved around like chess pieces. Murders are committed. History is upended. Their plans bear fruit, and the country reels.

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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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"Carter twists plotlines like pretzels while wryly skewering America's wealthy intellectual elite." People

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"Disguised as page-turning summer reading that 'confirms all the worst suspicions of the American left, and, at times, the right,' Palace Council gives grim song to the secrets that men keep in the imperfect world they have inherited." Dallas Morning News

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"[A] fat, delicious, page-turning trifecta: It's old-fashioned family saga, a political tour of several tumultuous American decades and a murder mystery." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"Mr. Carter's storytelling is underpinned by a masterly evocation of the world of wealthy and accomplished blacks in 20th-century America." Wall Street Journal

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"[W]ill grip readers, but it will also make them think. Enthusiastically recommended." Library Journal

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"This is Grade-A entertainment." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

USA Today hailed Carter's last novel as the perfect summer read. Now the bestselling author of New England White is back with a gripping political thriller set in the era of Watergate and Vietnam.

Synopsis:

“Carter twists plotlines like pretzels while wryly skewering Americas wealthy intellectual elite.” —People

John Grisham called Stephen L. Carters 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 Carters next book, New England White, as “a whodunit with conscience.” Now this best-selling 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 Marthas 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, Harlems rising literary star. When Eddies 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 Carters novel is as complex as it is suspenseful, and with his unique ability to turn stereotypes inside out, Palace Council is certain to enthrall readers to the very last page.

About the Author

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He and his family live near New Haven, Connecticut.

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Susmita, August 4, 2008 (view all comments by Susmita)
Do not, I repeat, do not begin this book if you have other pressing matters you must attend to. You will not be able to put this down! Stephen Carter has written the perfect smart summer read. His main character is a rising Harlem literary star in the 1950s who stumbles onto political intrigue that extends into the Watergate years. This book manages to be a real page-turner, without ever being trashy or sensationalistic.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307266583
Author:
Carter, Stephen L.
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Investigation
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080708
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
9.36x6.62x1.67 in. 1.74 lbs.

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Product details 528 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307266583 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spanning the years from 1954 to 1974, bestseller Carter's third novel, a subtle and intelligent page-turner, centers on the murder of a prominent white Wall Street attorney, Philmont Castle. After literally stumbling on Castle's garroted corpse in a Harlem park, Eddie Wesley, a young and ambitious African-American writer, is afraid to identify himself to the police. An inverted cross bearing a cryptic inscription clutched in the victim's hand intrigues Wesley enough for him to pursue a trail that leads to a shadowy group of conspirators known as the Palace Council. Aided by his on-again, off-again love interest, Aurelia Treene, Wesley also searches for his beloved sister, Junie, whose disappearance may be connected to Castle's death. Though aspects of the plot require more suspension of disbelief than in Carter's previous novels (New England White; The Emperor of Ocean Park), the rich characterization and elegant writing more than compensate. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Stephen Carter can really write. I loved every page of Palace Council and am eager for more."
"Review" by , "Carter twists plotlines like pretzels while wryly skewering America's wealthy intellectual elite."
"Review" by , "Disguised as page-turning summer reading that 'confirms all the worst suspicions of the American left, and, at times, the right,' Palace Council gives grim song to the secrets that men keep in the imperfect world they have inherited."
"Review" by , "[A] fat, delicious, page-turning trifecta: It's old-fashioned family saga, a political tour of several tumultuous American decades and a murder mystery."
"Review" by , "Mr. Carter's storytelling is underpinned by a masterly evocation of the world of wealthy and accomplished blacks in 20th-century America."
"Review" by , "[W]ill grip readers, but it will also make them think. Enthusiastically recommended."
"Review" by , "This is Grade-A entertainment."
"Synopsis" by , USA Today hailed Carter's last novel as the perfect summer read. Now the bestselling author of New England White is back with a gripping political thriller set in the era of Watergate and Vietnam.
"Synopsis" by , “Carter twists plotlines like pretzels while wryly skewering Americas wealthy intellectual elite.” —People

John Grisham called Stephen L. Carters 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 Carters next book, New England White, as “a whodunit with conscience.” Now this best-selling 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 Marthas 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, Harlems rising literary star. When Eddies 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 Carters novel is as complex as it is suspenseful, and with his unique ability to turn stereotypes inside out, Palace Council is certain to enthrall readers to the very last page.

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