On Sale: February 12, 2019
Featuring: Marie Mitchell; Thomas Sankara
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What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man
you love? One woman struggles to choose between her honor
and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that
deftly hops between New York and West Africa.
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 Thomas is
doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still
grieving over 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 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, a sister, and a
Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s
Che Guevara”—this novel 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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