Synopses & Reviews
Stephen L. Carter's brilliant debut, The Emperor of Ocean Park
, spent eleven weeks on the New York Times
best-seller list. Now, in Jericho's Fall
, Carter turns his formidable talents to the shadowy world of spies, official secrecy, and financial fraud in a thriller that rivets the reader's attention until the very last page.
In an imposing house in the Colorado Rockies, Jericho Ainsley, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency and a Wall Street titan, lies dying. He summons to his beside Beck DeForde, the younger woman for whom he threw away his career years ago, miring them both in scandal. Beck believes she is visiting to say farewell. Instead, she is drawn into a battle over an explosive secret that foreign governments and powerful corporations alike want to wrest from Jericho before he dies.
An intricate and timely thriller that plumbs the emotional depths of a failed love affair and a family torn apart by mistrust, Jericho's Fall takes us on a fast-moving journey through the secretive world of intelligence operations and the meltdown of the financial markets. And it creates, in Beck DeForde, an unforgettable heroine for our turbulent age.
"Bestseller Carter, who expertly blended social commentary and devious plots in his previous novels (The Emperor of Ocean Park; New England White; Palace Council), delivers a modest spy thriller, his first work of fiction not to focus on characters from what he has termed 'the darker nation.' The sententious opening sentence ('On the Sunday before the terror began, Rebecca DeForde pointed the rental car into the sullen darkness of her distant past') sets the tone for this minor effort. Rebecca has traveled to the Colorado Rockies to visit former CIA director Jericho Ainsley, who's dying of cancer. Jericho's decades of power and influence came to an end when he began an affair with her 15 years earlier. On arrival, Rebecca learns that shadowy forces fear that Jericho will reveal damaging Company secrets, and that his life is threatened by more than illness. Fans will miss the fully realized characters and mysterious puzzles of Carter's more complex, less predictable earlier work." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"In his fourth fictional excursion (after Palace Council), Carter has acquired the Midas touch of good thrillers — plot, pace, and explosive ending." Library Journal
"An ailing political heavyweight's secret history is gradually disclosed in this busy thriller from the industrious Yale Law School prof/sociopolitical theorist/bestselling novelist." Kirkus Reviews
"Carter writes graceful prose, and he understands the mechanics of suspenseful storytelling, but he overdoes it here. I'm not sure that the story of an insane CIA director lends itself to the pure entertainment that Carter set out to write. A more serious novel might examine the mental health of hard-pressed intelligence officials — preferably in Langley, not on a Colorado mountaintop — but this action thriller isn't it." Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World
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New York Times-bestselling author Carter returns readers to the high-stakes world of power, privilege, and conspiracy in this intricate, fast-moving thriller that plumbs the emotional depths of a failed love affair and a family torn apart by mistrust.
About the Author
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University. His critically acclaimed books include The Culture of Disbelief, Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, and the bestselling novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park. Professor Carter lives with his family in Connecticut.