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Sometimes you re damned if you do and damned if you don't. Such is the position in which Associate Supreme Court Justice Katherine Helena Ross, the first black female on the U.S. Supreme Court, finds herself in "The Fifth Letter," the new political thriller by author Vivian Carpenter. Rooted in the historical treatment of Blacks in the United States, Justice Katherine Ross struggles to do what is right as her mother s 1940s memoir influences her actions and emotions. Once on the Court, Katherine gains the power to ignite an involuntary retirement process to remove conservative Justice John Galt from the bench after the U.S. Constitution is amended to create an involuntary retirement process for incapacitated justices. John Galt, an outspoken egoist, survives an assassination attempt but is severely injured. He appears incapacitated. Pressures for Galt s removal from the bench mount with his prolonged absence from the Court. However, John Galt will not resign is seat. Katherine must decide whether or not to issue the fifth letter for Galt s retirement. While weaving through Katherine s personal challenges, "The Fifth Letter" turns a spotlight on the most important issue currently facing the Court today: who is a person with inalienable legal rights in America? And it asks this question of its main character: What happens when a liberal Black female justice of the Supreme Court is caught between her conscience and the call of political expedience? PRAISE FOR THE FIFTH LETTER Frequently political novels are a genre for truth telling. Dr. Vivian Carpenter's description of inside Washington rings true. 'The Fifth Letter' takes us forward to a United States Supreme Court foreshadowed by the current Court's personalities and political tilt. This novel will engage and educate its readers. ---Former Senator Bob Graham of Florida, ---Former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee 'The Fifth Letter' is a remarkable first novel... The past informs the present in this contemplative, sophisticated judicial thriller. The moral/legal conundrum at the center hooked me and never let go. In this court of public appeal... a clear victory --Gregory Allen Howard, Screenwriter, Ali and Remember The Titans 'The Fifth Letter' is a fine new addition to the field of legal fiction. But we've never had one like this before, because it's about judges, not lawyers, and not just any judges. 'The Fifth Letter' takes us into the chambers of the Supreme Court and brings to vivid fictional life the men and women who in so many ways determine our national destiny. Vivian Carpenter gives us a fascinating view of how business gets done in the Court and on Capitol Hill while also delivering a novel of big political ideas, a riveting study of race in America, and a tale of buried secrets, lost loves, and page-turning suspense -- William Martin, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost Constitution and The Lincoln Letter
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Dr. Vivian Carpenter (born circa 1952, Detroit, Michigan) is an accounting academic and business executive. She focused her academic research on institutional theory, public sector accounting, and the political effects of adoption of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) by the public sector. Carpenter attended the University of Michigan where she acquired her MBA, her B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Research, and her Ph.D. in Business Administration. She spent a year on postdoctoral studies in Economics and Public Policy at the University of Chicago. As an academic, Carpenter has held numerous academic positions including a position as visiting professor of Industrial and Operations Research at the University of Michigan, an assistant professorship in Accounting at Wayne State University, and a position as Assistant Dean at Florida A & M University where she held an associate professorship in Accounting. As a professional, Dr. Carpenter has held positions as Deputy State Treasurer at the Michigan Department of Treasury, President of Atwater Entertainment Associates, L.L.C., and most recently, Chair of the Management and Audit Committee for MotorCity Casino in Detroit. In addition, in 1977, Dr. Carpenter articled at Arthur Andersen for her Certified Public Accountant designation. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the National Science Foundation have all supported Dr. Carpenter s research. She was appointed to serve on review panels for the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Ohio Board of Regents Research Initiative Fund.She also held a position as a member of the Fulbright International Business Administration Review Panel from 1992 through 1995. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Carpenter has received numerous honors and awards. In 1991, Dr. Carpenter received three national awards. She was awarded the National Achievement Award Accounting Educator Award by the National Association of Black Accountants, the Author s Award from the Association of Government Accountants for her outstanding article published in the Government Accountants Journal in 1990, and the Decision Sciences Institute s 1991 Best Interdisciplinary paper award. In 1996, she was awarded a $672,000 equipment grant from Hewlett-Packard for establishing a computer network for faculty and staff in the Business School at Florida A & M University. Vivian Carpenter has had publications in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Government Accountants Journal; Governmental Finance Review; Accounting Horizons; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Issues in Accounting Education; and International Journal of Public Administration. In addition, she has served on the editorial board of Research in Government and Non-profit Accounting. Her scholarly publications include: Carpenter, V., R. Cheng and E. Feroz (2007), Toward an Empirical Institutional Governance Theory and Corporate Ownership and Control 4(4). Carpenter, V. and E. Feroz (2001), Institutional theory and accounting rule choice: an analysis of four US state governments decisions to adopt generally accepted accounting principles, Accounting, Organizations and Society, 26, 565-596. Carpenter, V. (1991), The Influence of Political Competition on the Decisions to Adopt GAAP, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 10, 105-134. Carpenter, V. and Glover, H. The mushrooming of state debt: a beast about to attack?: An article from: Government Finance Review Jul 28, 2005 Carpenter, V., Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting: Its Time Has Come: Public Health (Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB Research Report) 1991Review:
This is a great book, it held my interest from the first page to the last. Katherine Ross, the main character is the first African-American woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. She finds that this appointment brings her a lot more than deciding important court cases. In the beginning of her term, Congress passes a law that states that if a Supreme Court Justice becomes incapacitated or unable to do his/her job, the other Justices can start a process that could result in the removal of that Justice. Because of this new law, Katherine finds herself in a position of making a decision that could impact her life, and the history of the United States. The book is well researched ,and the author tells a good story, not only about Katherine, but of her family. --Amazon Customer Review
This is a great book, one that held my interest from page one to the end. It is really two stories, the story of Katherine Ross, a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, and her mother's story. I found both of them very interesting, as I work on family history. One of the things that set this book apart from others is the quality of the author's research. Although this is a work of fiction, Vivian Carpenter has a deep understanding of the workings of the Court and of Constitutional history. But the book is not a dry novel about the the court, it has plenty of twists and turns that keep the reader interested. The main character, Katherine Ross is brilliant lawyer, nominated to the Supreme Court. She is the first African-American woman on the Court, and interesting things begin to happen as soon as she takes office. One is the legislation proposed and passed by Congress that gives the Court a way to ask a member who is incapacitated and unable to do his/her job to resign. As a justice new to the Court, Katherine takes her job seriously, not realizing at first that there are people who are trying to use her to further their own agendas. She soon finds that Washington D.C. is a dangerous place for her. Katherine has a close relationship with her mother, who has a lot of secrets. I found her memoirs to be one of the most interesting parts of the book. Katherine's mother's background is Gullah, an African American group that lives in South Carolina. (I recently saw George Gershwin's opera, Porgy and Bess, where the all the major characters are Gullah people.) Katherine's mother is a complex person and the most sympathetic character in the book. Vivian Carpenter brings her knowledge of the Supreme Court, her knowledge of business and government as well as her knowledge of African-American history to this book. The result is a great read. --Goodreads Review
A must read. A very captivating story including major societal issues, historical twinge and family secrets, courage, love, revenge, discouragement, and exploitation. A few surprises and twists. An inspiring and hopeful ending. --Amazon Customer Review
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