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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.  

Inspired by true events, this novel is sweeping historical fiction with an enthralling espionage thriller at its core and introduces a powerful new literary voice.

©2019 Lauren Wilkinson (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"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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  • 08-12-20

Dreary and I exciting

The reader made this incredibly painful and uninteresting - so American and patronising with all the French references and pronunciation

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  • 07-21-19

Disappointing

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.