American Spy

American Spy

A Novel

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American Spy updates the espionage thriller with blazing originality.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Gutsy . . . challenging boundaries is what brave fiction does.”—The New York Times
“So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.”—NPR

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 (SO FAR) BY Time • Esquire Vogue • Real Simple

What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? 


It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.

In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

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“Inspired by real events, this espionage thriller ticks all the right boxes, delivering a sexually charged interrogation of both politics and race.”Esquire

“Echoing the stoic cynicism of Hurston and Ellison, and the verve of Conan Doyle, American Spy lays our complicities—political, racial, and sexual—bare. Packed with unforgettable characters, it’s a stunning book, timely as it is timeless.”—Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Sellout

Baker & Taylor
A Cold War FBI intelligence officer joins an undercover task force to seduce a revolutionary African Communist president she secretly admires and comes to love, in a story inspired by true events. A first novel.

Baker
& Taylor

Marie Mitchell, a Cold War FBI intelligence officer, joins an undercover task force to undermine Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary Communist president of Burkina Faso, who she secretly admires and comes to love, in a novel inspired by true events.

Publisher: New York : Random House, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812998955
0812998952
9780812998962
Branch Call Number: FICTION WILKINSON 2018
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 24 cm

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klbrooker40
May 20, 2019

Excellent book! Unexpected and very well drawn out characters.

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jenniemj
May 19, 2019

Lauren's writing would be entertaining if her plot were better. It's boring and a little confusing. I think she means to build suspense. I really wanted to like it because I haven't seen another book like it. I am happy she made the attempt but I got to p 175 and I am throwing in the towel.

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