The Empire of Night - Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller (Paperback)Robert Olen Butler (author)
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It is 1915, and President Woodrow Wilson is still assessing the war's threat to the United States. There is a mole in the British government, and Cobb's intelligence handlers send him to a castle on the Kentish coast to investigate a key suspect, Sir Albert Stockman. Working deep undercover, Cobb must also contend with an unusual sidekick--his own mother, the beautiful and mercurial Isabel Cobb. A famous stage actress, she is starring in a touring production of Hamlet and has been recruited to simultaneously keep tabs on Stockman, who happens to be an ardent fan. As the trio leaves the relative safety of Britain and heads into the lion's den of Berlin, Kit must unravel Stockman's secret agenda, and remain in character even under the very nose of the Kaiser.
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 206 x 137 x 28 mm
"The Empire of Night is a cracking good spy thriller, with a cast of memorable characters and a terrifically suspenseful plot that will have you casting the movie as you read. And Butler's elegant writing elevates the book--he is a master of everything from lyrical description to believable dialogue."--Tampa Bay Times
"The Empire of Night is a smart and layered yarn . . . propulsive reading . . . Butler has developed a knack for snapping off taut, Hammett-esque sentences at tense moments. . . . Butler is determined to show that genre fiction can be intellectually rich."--Star-Tribune (Minneapolis)
"Butler combines fascinating historical detail about the pre-WWI period with genuine suspense and a tongue-in-cheek wit that gives the whole a uniquely tart flavor. The multilayered, adversarial relationship between Kit and Isabel grows more fascinating with each installment and will leave readers eager to learn more."--Booklist (starred review)
"Exciting . . . the period details are spot on. . . . This tale of shifting allegiances and worldwide consequences enthralls."--Publishers Weekly
"[An] elegant thriller. . . . A meticulously researched page-turner that will appeal to spy novel buffs and lovers of historical novels, as well as any general reader intrigued with the power struggles of World War I. If you've never read a novel by Butler--one of the great stylists writing today--you're in for a treat with The Empire of Night."--Huntington News
"Butler's continuous pressure on the suspense makes the novel a page-turning, nail-biting experience, and his use of short, crisp sentences magnifies the tension."--Readers Unbound
"An engrossing thriller. Cobb's traversal of the German countryside is tension-laden, and the finale wrongfoots with unexpected twists. Well-acted, center-stage entertainment."--Crime Book Beat
"Deliciously captivating. . . . I can hardly wait for the next in the series."--Arab Voice
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