Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter


When Stephen Carter writes a legal thriller, you know he will at least get the legal part right--he is a noted law professor at Yale. Not only does he get the legal details straight here, he has written a thriller that is exciting from start to finish. And on top of that, the characterizations and character development actually trump the action. This book is a real winner.

The Emperor of Ocean Park is Judge Oliver Garland. Despite being African-American, he is nominated for the Supreme court by Ronald Regan. During the confirmation hearings, a connection with an unsavory character keep the Judge from being appointed. When the Judge suddenly dies, his son, a law professor, tries to untangle the family, legal and illegal ties binding the judge, the family and their associates.

While this book is a thriller, it is beautifully written, with authentic characters and good dialog. Just the thing for a rainy spring week like we're having now!

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