Set in the era of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies, this novel examines the American conscience while inviting us into the glittering world of the East Coast legal community. Stephen L. Carter's book follows black Ivy League law professor Talcott Garland as he investigates the death of his father, Judge Oliver Garland, the eponymous "Emperor."
When Judge Garland received a Supreme Court nomination, a nationally televised humiliation forced his withdrawal, a scandal from which he never recovered. Now his sudden death hints at an even more terrible scandal that links this privileged Martha's Vineyard family to the shadowlands of crime. To follow the clues left by his father, Tal risks everything, and uncovers a tapestry of ambition, family secrets, and justice gone terribly wrong.
©2002 Stephen L. Carter; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A thrilling read, driven by a cocktail of plot and character." (The Observer)
"An elegantly nuanced novel, with finely drawn characters, a challenging plot, and perfect pacing." (Booklist)
"[A] complex literary thriller. Carter deftly weaves together several strands, from the relationships of father and sons and husbands and wives to the politics of the Nixon and Reagan eras." (Bookpage)
I am a fan of descriptive writing. The author did not disappoint.
The accent did not fit the time period of the character. Too soft... Too gentile.
Very slow start.... Far too many unnecessary characters, but still intriguing until the end. Did I miss the epilogue?
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.
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