Stephen L. Carter returns to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the towns past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence.
At the center: Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity schoolAfrican Americans living in the heart of whiteness. Lemaster is an old friend of the president of the United States. Julia was the murdered man's lover years ago. The meeting point of these connections forms the core of a mystery that deepens even as Julia closes in on the politically earth-shattering motive behind the murder.
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"In the richness of his characters, both major and minor, and the intelligence of his writing, Carter rivals Scott Turow. Expect another bestseller." -Publishers Weekly.
"[An] irresistible--and highly intelligent--thriller. Carter strikes again." -Kirkus.
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This is Stephen Carter's second novel following his well received The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002). The lead characters, Lemaster and Julia Carlyle, had minor roles in The Emperor of Ocean Park.
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