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In The Empire of Night, we pick up the story of Christopher Marlowe Cobb, who survived the sinking of the Lusitania, as he hunts down German sympathizers in the British aristocracy during the early months of World War One.


Robert Olen Butler, Empire verticalEmpire of Night jacket


The idea of Christoper “Kit” Cobb, grew out of “The One in White,” a short story written in 2004 for The Atlantic. In our interview Robert tells us what sparked the idea for the story, as well as why a series that takes place in World War One is more timely than you might suspect.

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The postcard that inspired “The One in White.”

Review of The Empire of Night in the Tampa Bay Times.


Photo of Robert Olen Butler © Kelly Lee Butler.


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