Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…
For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have 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 the FBI’s first African-American agent, 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, ultimately squeezed 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.
“The Strivers’ Row Spy unfolds at a leisurely pace and gently pulls the reader into a very comfortable place, but not for long. By the end of the third chapter, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel is as suspenseful as a ticking time bomb. The prose is superb and deeply felt. The plot is elegantly constructed and the characters are bigger than life. Sidney Temple’s dangerous double life and his shocking crimes had me on the edge of my seat. The explosive ending made me turn the pages so fast, I finished this story long before I wanted to.” —Mary Monroe, New York Times bestselling author
“A powerful read that introduces us to a young J. Edgar Hoover and reminds us just how far he was willing to go to bring down two Black leaders: Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois.” —Benjamin Todd Jealous, Former President & CEO, NAACP
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The Strivers'Row Spy
(Saturday, September 24, 2016)
I just finished the book and it was one of the best I have read this year.