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.
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"Narrator Avery Glymph inhabits Sidney Temple's life from his college graduation until he's recruited by J. Edgar Hoover to monitor Marcus Garvey's Back to Africa activities. The story captures 1920s Harlem and the early Civil Rights movement, particularly the factions of blacks and whites who try to influence "colored" Americans. Glymph's best creations are the intelligent, streetwise Temple and the compelling Garvey, with his gorgeous Jamaican accent, egotism, and grand plan to thwart W.E.B. DuBois's influence. Hearing Temple's loving wife and sacrificing mother as well as the luscious food descriptions adds personal elements to the story and provides relief to an overload of tension when Temple has to identify who's for him and who's against him. There's no more entertaining way to be presented with vital American history than this audiobook. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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