African American Literature,  Book Reviews,  FICTION

The Emporer of Ocean Park by Stephen Carter * (of 4)

Feh. What can I say other than my review may divulge more about me than the book. Ostensibly a best selling novel of murder, law, and personal intrigue among elite African Americans I didn’t last 100 pages because the characters were boring and the plot felt like it was on an elastic band stretched to cracking. Carter created suspense by putting off clues, rather than revealing them little by little and I got bored wading through mediocre writing to find the answer to a question raised 20 pages earlier. October 2006.