American Spy

Marie Mitchell is a young black woman (in the eighties) working with the FBI during the Cold War. She finds her career stalling. It’s a good old boys club and despite the fact that she’s brilliant and always two steps ahead of everyone else, she’s tasked with menial jobs and constantly being underutilized. She finds herself tapped to join a task force dedicated to undermining Thomas Sankara (the communist president of Burkina Faso). But everything is more complicated than that. I don’t want to give too much away but I was unable to put it down and I felt really agitated/anxious the whole time (the sign of a good thriller). I loved that it was based on true events (it’s worth reading up on Sankara; he’s been called “Africa’s Che Guevara.”)

Author: Lauren Wilkinson