The Emperor of Ocean Park

The Emperor of Ocean Park is an engaging and thoughtful story that is sort of a murder mystery, sort of a legal mystery, sort of a novel about the meaning of family and legacy, and sort of a story about faith and politics and race relations.  In short, it’s a really great story that also resonates with philosophical and cultural themes.

The book is not a thriller: the pacing is more deliberate and, frankly, the story has more merit than most of that genre, but I really liked the depth of detail and complexity in the story as well as in the relationships between the characters. The Emperor of Ocean Park makes penetrating observations about all sorts of people, and also takes on quite a few stereotypes, which makes it a more thought-provoking and illuminating book if you’re interested in cultural criticism in novels (it’s in a lot of them, but this is a particularly strong example).

I really enjoyed The Emperor of Ocean Park and highly recommend it.


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