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.
Relentlessly suspenseful, galvanizing in its exploration of the profound difference between allegiance to ideas and to people, New England White is a resounding confirmation of Stephen Carter's gifts as a writer.
©2007 Stephen L. Carter; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"A compelling, literate page-turner that effortlessly blends a gripping whodunit with complex discussions of politics and race in contemporary America....In the richness of his characters, both major and minor, and the intelligence of his writing, Carter rivals Scott Turow." (Publishers Weekly)
"[An] irresistible - and highly intelligent - thriller. Carter strikes again." (Kirkus)
There are plenty of published reviews that will tell you how engaging this book is, but narrator Bahni Turpin truly brought it to life. Her voice was the perfect choice for this story, matching the characters and writing style throughout.
This book went on forever full of incredibly boring passages and ponderous sections that brought very little to the actual mystery. I found it very unrealistic and was very glad when it finally was over and I could listen to something interesting.
For an acclaimed, "literary" novel, this (audio)book is incredibly entertaining. It is a confident, engaging blend of mystery and human/social commentary. The writing breezes along and furthers a top-notch plot, but manages to slip in ideas about people and their relationships in such a crisp, fresh way that it actually helps validate the who-dunnit aspect. I like the way much of the narrative is by and involves some compelling and memorable female characters. Great narration, too.
"What critics say" and the Publisher's summary are apt descriptions of this novel. Many chores were not accomplished because I was engrossed in this well-written and well-read audiobook. Can't wait to read Emperor of Ocean Park!
This is the most poorly written book I have read in many years. The story of the black elite is totally unrealistic and rather smacks of someone who knows very little about it. The narrator tries to do it justice, but the storyline is just rubbish. I suspect it's a problem with an academic who may write well for scholarly journals but whose fiction voice is nonexistent.
I should have known better after reading the Emperor of Ocean Park. I will never buy another of his books. I've got two hours to go, but I'm stopping this book now. Absolutely terrible.
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