With the powers of observation and richness of plot and character, the author of The Emperor of Ocean Park returns to the New England university town of Elm Harbor, where a murder begins to crack the veneer that has hidden the racial complications of the town's past, the secrets of a prominent family, and the most hidden bastions of African-American political influence. And at the center: Lemaster Carlyle, the university president, and his wife, Julia Carlyle, a deputy dean at the divinity school-African Americans living in "the heart of whiteness." 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 of fiction.
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by Stephen L. Carter
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"In this rich and complex thriller about the sources and uses of power in America, Lemaster and Julia Carlyle, leaders of an African-American elite, are involved (but how, exactly?) in a murder that rattles the Yale-like university, of which Lemaster is president, and the highest office in the United States, of which Lemaster's college roommate (Squinchy to his intimates) is president. Bahni Turpin's voice is gorgeous, and her vocal acting is over-the-top superb. With a flawless ear, she makes the most of the accents, subtle jokes, and speech tics with which Carter peoples a broad canvas full of colorful characters. Her pacing is perfect as the plot, constructed like a dark high-stakes treasure hunt, ricochets from academia to Harlem to the White House. A sensational performance. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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