I am amazed at the range of love vs. hate of this book. I liked it. Having read all of John Grisham's novels I was looking for a similar type story and ran across this book. I read it when it was first released in paperback and was so excited when it came to audible. I will not kid you, it is very lengthy the paperback is just over 650 pages (unlike Mr. Grisham's style). But I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There is an academic feel that i greatly enjoyed with the main character being a professor of law. It felt like I wasn't just reading fluff but rather like I might actually be learning about law and the tension still felt between the darker and paler nations. The tale Mr. Carter waves is so in-depth and rich. I was amazed by the little details he gave to the places and people. I could smell Uncle Jack's illness, I could hear Bently's "dare you," and feel Tal's tortured wonderings about his wife's fidelity. I also thought the strategic game of chess was a great way to lead the reader through the plot and unto the end. So if you are looking for a good long book of intrigue and complexity give this one a listen.
Stephen L. Carter expertly weaves together this suspenseful, riveting story of a lawyer seeking the truth about his father's death. Feeding tiny bits of information here and there, and raising questions that are to be answered later, he holds your attention throughout the book, making it excruciating to have to hit the "stop" button. For once I wish my commute, during which I listen to this great book, was much, much longer!
Everything about this was awful. From plot to character development to the poor reading. The reader had a hard time giving voice to different characters. Too many were stereotypical sounding with out regard to race, education, life experience, etc. I was very disappointed to say the least. I stuck it out to the end because I always like to finish what I've started to read.