RAVE REVIEWS: Safe Houses has been universally praised with stellar reviews appearing in The New York Times Book Review (“Illustrates the kind of weight that the spy novel, in the right hands, is capable of bearing”), The Wall Street Journal (“Exhilirating”), and the Chicago Tribune (“Brilliantly traces the distance between high moral ground and low”) among many others.
A CAREFULLY GUARDED HISTORY: Fesperman draws upon the fascinating history of The Pond, a little-known American intelligence organization that preceded the CIA and was headed by an eccentric Frenchman with a penchant for wordplay. Information about The Pond only recently came to light after a stash of documents was found in a barn in Virginia.
STRONG FEMALE LEADS: The stars of the novel are a mother and a daughter, one a CIA agent, who collaborate across decades to bring down a symbol of oppression and patriarchy. The progressive themes underpinning a riveting plot will resonate with a broad audience and will be especially topical in the current political moment.
ACCLAIMED HOUSE AUTHOR: Fesperman’s award-winning, critically lauded thrillers are known for their lyricism, their historical accuracy, and their rich settings. Safe Houses is an exciting display of the author’s strengths and will appeal to both longtime fans and new readers.
“The narrative choreography demanded by Fesperman’s split timelines is expertly handled, and the dilemma faced by Helen, in particular - whether to be a good employee or a good citizen - illustrates the kind of weight that the spy novel, in the right hands, is capable of bearing.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In Safe Houses, author Dan Fesperman superbly melds a character-strong espionage thriller with a suspenseful mystery that also aligns with the #MeToo movement…[A] superior thriller - both on the international and domestic front.”—Associated Press
“Like the best espionage novels, Safe Houses brilliantly traces the distance between high moral ground and low.”—Chicago Tribune
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