Palace Council

Version: Unabridged
Author: Stephen L. Carter
Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: July 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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“Carter twists plotlines like pretzels while wryly skewering America’s wealthy intellectual elite.”–People

John Grisham called Stephen L. Carter’s first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park, “beautifully written and cleverly plotted. A rich, complex family saga, one deftly woven through a fine legal thriller.” The Chicago Tribune hailed Carter’s next book, New England White, as “a whodunit with conscience.” Now this bestselling novelist returns with an electrifying political thriller set in the turbulent era of Watergate and Vietnam, giving us one of the most riveting and naked portraits of Nixon ever written.

In the summer of 1952, twenty prominent men gather at a secret meeting on Martha’s Vineyard and devise a plot to manipulate the President of the United States. Soon after, the body of one of these men is found by Eddie Wesley, Harlem’s rising literary star. When Eddie’s younger sister mysteriously disappears, Eddie and the woman he loves, Aurelia Treene, are pulled into what becomes a twenty-year search for the truth. As Eddie and Aurelia uncover layer upon layer of intrigue, their odyssey takes them from the wealthy drawing rooms of New York through the shady corners of radical politics, all the way to the Oval Office.

Stephen Carter’s novel is as complex as it is suspenseful, and with his unique ability to turn stereotypes inside out, Palace Council is certain to enthrall listeners to the very last moment.

Reviews (2)

Palace Council

Written by Anonymous on March 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This books didn't quite make sense to me. Then I found out that this is the the abridge version of Palace Council not unabridged as advertised. I found the unabridged version on another site after listening to the whole 20 hours, it makes sense. I give the unabridged version 5 stars.

Palace Counsil

Written by Lilia from Houston, TX on July 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A little slow but captivating. A Forest-Gumpish view of history. Entertaining.

Author Details

Author Details

Carter, Stephen L.

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University.

Born in 1954 in Washington, D.C., Professor Carter was educated in the public schools of New York City, Washington, and Ithaca, New York. In 1976 he received his bachelor's degree with honors from Stanford University, where he majored in history, and in 1979 he received his law degree from the Yale Law School.

Following his graduation from law school, Professor Carter served as law clerk to Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III of the United States Court of Appeals in Washington D.C., and, the next year, as