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Safe Houses
By (author): Dan Fesperman
9780525436003 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General Jun 18, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.2 x 8 x 0.88 in 416 pages Vintage Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
A gripping new work of suspense about Cold War-era Berlin and a decades-long cover-up that has lethal consequences.

West Berlin, 1979. Helen Abell oversees the CIA’s network of safe houses, rare havens for field agents and case officers amid the dangerous milieu of a city in the grip of the Cold Warl. Helen’s world is upended when, during her routine inspection of an agency property, she overhears a meeting between two agents speaking a coded language that hints at shadowy realities far beyond her comprehension. Before the day is out, she witnesses a second unauthorized encounter, one that will place her firmly in the sights of one of the most ruthless and powerful men at the agency. With the help of two female colleagues, Helen goes on the run. Her attempts to expose the truth about what she has seen will create repurcussions that reach across decades and continents into the present day, when, in a farm town in Maryland, two people are gruesomely murdered. Now Helen’s daughter, Anna, aided by a jaded Washington fixer, must chase down what is buried in her mother’s past and face the chilling fact that old secrets never die.

Story Locale: Cold War-era Berlin and Paris; present-day Maryland

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.

DAN FESPERMAN’s travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Baltimore.

Author Residence: Baltimore, MD

Author Hometown: Charlotte, NC

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“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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