Books American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson Hardcover, 292 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $27 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleAmerican SpyAuthorLauren Wilkinson Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary Marie Mitchell, a Cold War FBI intelligence officer, joins an undercover task force to undermine Thomas Sankara, the revolutionary Communist president of Burkina Faso, who she secretly admires and comes to love, in a novel inspired by true events. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about American Spy Review Book Reviews 'American Spy' Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers Fresh Air February 25, 2019 Lauren Wilkinson's sharp debut novel about a black woman living a double life as a spy spans three decades and leapfrogs from New York to the Caribbean to West Africa. 'American Spy' Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers Listen · 6:20 6:20 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/696450945/697744680" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Review Book Reviews 'American Spy' Is A Unique Spin On The Cold War Thriller February 13, 2019 Lauren Wilkinson's debut novel follows the life and career of an African American FBI agent who's recruited by the CIA to aid in the overthrow of a charismatic African leader.