Virginia Hall was born to a life of ease, the daughter of a Baltimore socialite, and an avid world traveler. Then World War II broke out, devastating her beloved Paris, and she wanted nothing more than to free it. Even if it meant fighting her way through a bureaucracy that regarded her as nothing but a secretary. Even if meant struggling with an artificial leg - a prosthesis replacing the limb she lost in a hunting accident. Even if it meant putting herself on the Third Reich's most wanted list.
A Woman of No Importance is the fascinating true account of a forgotten character in history, the woman who fostered the early French Resistance almost single-handedly. From talking her way into the British spy organization S.O.E., to launching a daredevil plan to rescue the dozen fellow agents whose carelessness led to their capture, to crossing the Pyrenees on foot in a desperate attempt to elude her own capture, to filing down her teeth in order to perfect a new disguise that would allow her to return to France, Hall's story is full of astonishing acts of bravery and strength. A Woman of No Importance is a thrilling addition to the recent slate of women-focused World War II stories, joining such titles as the historical account Code Girls and the postwar novel The Huntress. - Michelle (Sunset)