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Jericho's Fall

By Stephen L. Carter

Jericho's Fall
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2009,
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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 bedside 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.

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"Fans will miss the fully realized characters and mysterious puzzles of Carter's more complex, less predictable earlier work." - Publishers Weekly

"Carter has delivered a solid thriller, although some readers may be disappointed in his departure from chronicling the lives and intrigues of the African American elite." - Booklist

"An entertaining summer read." - Library Journal

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Stephen L. Carter Author Biography

Stephen L. Carter was born on October 26, 1954 and raised in Ithaca, New York, graduating from Ithaca High School in 1972.  He earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1976 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1979. After graduation, Carter clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

He is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of several acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Culture of Disbelief and Civility; and four novels -  The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), New England White (2007), Palace Council (2008), and Jericho's Fall (2009). He lives with his wife near New Haven, Connecticut.  His son, Andrew, is a student at Yale and his daughter, Leah, at Dartmouth.

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