Marie Mitchell has to explain to her young twin sons why they’ve fled their Connecticut home to live with their grandmother in Martinique. She has to explain why she worked for years for the FBI, a black woman serving a government that had little respect for her. And she has to explain why a man sneaked into their house intending to kill her, what she has to do now, and what to do if she doesn’t come back.
American Spy sets a thrilling espionage story from the 1980s - the overthrow of the revolutionary leader of Burkina Faso - against the complex backdrop of a woman’s life with her ex-military father, her ambitious and secretive sister, and her own drive to succeed in a world stacked against her. As Marie relates the choices she made that led to a life now in danger, she must both re-examine herself and express her hopes for her children. Page-turning both for the spy story and the character development, this is a rich and compelling read. - Michelle (Sunset)