Tuesday, March 17, 2009

44 - The Emperor of Ocean Park; Stephen Carter

The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Stephen Carter was a pretty enjoyable audio book. The reader is excellent, and the story managed to hold my interest. If I had a criticism it would be that the story seemed to take a while to get moving, but once it did it was a great story to listen to.

Judge Oliver Garland is a brilliant conservative judge from Ocean Park, a black community on Martha’s Vineyard. His nomination to the Supreme Court was denied because of his business connections to an unsavory character. Feeling dejected, humiliated and bitter, he turns to alcohol and is later found dead of what appears to be a heart attack.

The judge’s son Talcott, a professor at Yale believes that his father’s death may have resulted from something sinister. Could he have possibly been murdered? Talcott is determined to uncover the truth even if it means risking his career. When a few more men turn up dead, Talcott follows some clues left by his father which open up secrets to his father’s past.

The Emperor of Ocean Park is an entertaining thriller that gives you a glimpse of different class structures, family secrets, murder, and a justice system that has gone wrong.

RATING - 4/5 - COMPLETED – 3/17/09


  1. I'm pretty sure I have this book on my shelves, but this is not at all what I was thinking it was about. I'll have to check it out when I get home.

  2. A friend just rec'd this book to me and had to go see if any of my blogger buds had read it! I'm tbr-ing and just might get to meet the author this wkend. Great review thanks!


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