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“Five years ago, John Grisham helped launch Yale Law professor Stephen Carter’s career as a novelist when he praised The Emperor of Ocean Park on national TV. The book became a #1 bestseller and a favorite beach and plane read. With New England White, his captivating second novel, I think Professor Carter can do it on his own.
In a snowy New England university town, Lemaster Carlyle, the school’s president, and his wife are driving home from a party when their car skids off the road. Carlyle gets out of the car and discovers a body. It is Kellen Zant, the controversial economics professor and long-ago boyfriend of the president’s wife, Julia. The police are quick to declare it a murder-robbery. But Julia has reasons to suspect something different.
Julia is correct. Before long, more people are dead, her life is in danger, and she fears that her husband is involved in a cover-up, if not the actual murders. But why would such a powerful man, friend of senators, and a U.S. president, be involved in a weird campus conspiracy? And does it have to do with his membership in a semi-secret African-American fraternal society?
This is a wonderfully intricate and suspenseful mystery, and fascinating as a portrait of an African-American power couple on a mostly-white campus. In Julia, it has perhaps the most appealing new detective of the year.”—Larry Shapiro, Editorial Director
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