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A BARACK OBAMA SUMMER READING 2019 PICK
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 CENTRE FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love?
It's 1986, the heart of the Cold War. Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She's brilliant and talented, but she's also a black woman working in an all-white boys' club, and her career has stalled with routine paperwork - until she's recruited to 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.
In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, 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, and a good American.
"A spy thriller like you've never read before." (TIME)
"Packed with unforgettable characters, it's a stunning book, timely as it is timeless." (Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize Winner)
"Riveting and thrilling from the very first page." (Marie Claire)
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Very slow, I kept waiting for it to start and it didn’t. Eventually gave up on it. Avoid.
- Angela Farrugia
Dreary and I exciting
The reader made this incredibly painful and uninteresting - so American and patronising with all the French references and pronunciation
- M. M. Makki
I gave up on this book after ten chapters. It never really got started and wasn’t helped by a dreary narrative voice. I kept hoping something would happen but the story continued to be bogged down in dull stories from the heroine’s childhood.