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The Strivers' Row Spy (The Renaissance Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities he never imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be one of the FBI’s first African-American agents, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.
Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans...
But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, caught between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.
Praise for The Strivers’ Row Spy
“A colorful, riveting historical spy story.” —Orange Coast Magazine
“Overstreet has done a phenomenal job of weaving a story of mystery and intrigue against a Harlem backdrop.” —New York Journal of Books
“Superb historical fiction and a great read!” —Historical Novel Society
“Overstreet evokes the excitement and jazzy atmosphere of an era.” —Library Journal
About the Author
- ASIN : B0190HGUC0
- Publisher : Dafina (September 1, 2016)
- Publication date : September 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 878 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #622,831 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Meanwhile, the Jamaican demagogue Marcus Garvey was promoting an alternative vision of Black activism with the Back-to-Africa movement he promoted through his United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). And in New York, the Harlem Renaissance was underway, attracting Black artists, musicians, actors, and writers from throughout North America and the Caribbean. And all of this color and tumult comes to life in Jason Overstreet's engrossing novel of domestic espionage, The Strivers' Row Spy.
A spy story set during a critical era in African-American history
Sidney Temple has just graduated from Middlebury College with a master's degree in civil engineering when he is recruited to spy for the Bureau of Investigation (then the BOI, later the FBI). J. Edgar Hoover and his red-baiting boss, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer, are convinced that both the NAACP and the UNIA are dominated by Communists—apparently believing that even W. E. B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey are themselves Communists. Sidney's job is to uncover evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Garvey that will enable the BOI to imprison him. (Other agents are assigned to DuBois.) The assignment leads Sidney into a thicket of intrigue that will threaten his life and his marriage.
Historical figures in abundance populate this novel
Many of the leading personalities of the day make appearances in The Strivers' Row Spy. Hoover, then head of one department in what was at the time the BOI, recruits Sidney. Who takes the bait to spy on Marcus Garvey and the UNIA in order to gather intelligence for his hero, W.E.B. DuBois, Garvey's sworn enemy. And to maintain Sidney's cover as a consulting engineer he takes on the job of helping build the new Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem for the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Sr. The radical journalist and patron of the Harlem Renaissance, Max Eastman, and the NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson both make appearances as well. As a result, The Strivers' Roy Spy is a lively introduction to African-American history in the 1920s. It's also a tense, carefully plotted thriller that keeps the reader's attention from beginning to end.