The Empire of Night

The Empire of Night

A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller

Book - 2014
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"In the first two books of his acclaimed Christopher Marlowe Cobb series, The Hot Country and The Star of Istanbul, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler captured the hearts of historical crime fiction fans with the artfulness of his World War I settings and his charismatic leading man, a Chicago journalist recruited by American intelligence. In The Empire of Night, it is 1915, and President Woodrow Wilson is still assessing the war's threat to the United States. After proving himself during the Lusitania mission, Kit is now a full-blown spy, working undercover in a castle on the Kentish coast owned by a suspected British government mole named Sir Albert Stockman. And Kit is again thrown together with a female spy--his own mother, the beautiful and mercurial Isabel Cobb, who also happens to be a world-famous stage actress. Starring in a touring production of Hamlet, Isabel's offstage role is to keep tabs on the supposed mole, an ardent fan of hers, while Kit tries to figure out Stockman's secret agenda. Following his mother and her escort from the relative safety of Britain into the lion's den of Berlin, Kit must remain in character, even under the very nose of the Kaiser." -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press ; Grove Press, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802123237
Call Number: BUTLER
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
Spy stories.
Detective and mystery fiction
Suspense fiction.
Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)


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Dec 16, 2016

(The third book in the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series)

Mar 12, 2015

A very well researched piece of historical fiction that takes one back to the beginning of the previous century. It is more a mild suspense novel than a thriller.

The attention to detail is astounding for such a light reading book that conjures up memories of reading the adventures of Captain Biggles for those that grew up with it plus a bit of moral dilemma thrown in gratuitously.

With its almost sanitized and abstract portrayal of war and destruction where characters aren't just from the good side and the bad side, it reads like a book version somewhere between the "war comics" popular in the UK and the Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

Nevertheless, an entertaining book for all ages which keeps one turning pages till the end. Also interesting for some factual historical tidbits you might pick up as well.

Jun 30, 2014

Can't wait to read this. I have now turned my son onto this author also.


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