The Judges of the Secret Court

Paperback $15.95

NYRB Classics | Jun 07, 2011 | 272 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590174524

  • Paperback$15.95

    NYRB Classics | Jun 07, 2011 | 272 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590174524

  • Ebook$15.95

    NYRB Classics | Jun 07, 2011 | 272 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590174715

Praise

“Far more than just “a novel about John Wilkes Booth,” The Judges of the Secret Court — haunting title — depicts the complex aftershock of the Lincoln assassination on a surprisingly large circle of people, including the various conspirators, the famous Booth family of actors and the Washington politicos who seize on the death of the president for their own purposes….What most surprises about this “historical” novel is its urbane, mildly epigrammatic style. Stacton is never florid or old-fashioned. He writes with lean economy and speed….The Judges of the Secret Court isn’t just a novel about John Wilkes Booth; it is a vision of what life and the world do to us.” — Michael Dirda, The Washington Post


“David Stacton is an original, finely pitched voice in American fiction. I own most of his books and have enjoyed every one. He deserves to return.” —Larry McMurtry

The Judges of the Secret Court is a superior historical fiction, accurate in detail, moving and compelling narrative and character. But it is something more than this as well, an exploration by a brilliant and thoughtful writer of the labyrinthine ways of good and evil.”  —Robert R. Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

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