Book: The History Teacher by Susan Baconcategories: Book, Mystery, Political Mystery, Thriller, Political Thriller, Award Winner, Pageturner, Bookclubbook, Mustread, 2020Ippy, Historical Mystery
Susan Baconabout this book: Inspired by the classic political thrillers of the 1970s, THE HISTORY TEACHER is Susan Bacon's debut novel. It's the story of Emma Quinn, a reluctant heiress and Columbia University professor, and her search for the truth about her family and its checkered past. In May 2020, THE HISTORY TEACHER won a Silver Medal in the prestigious Independent Publisher Book Awards competition for Best Regional Fiction (Mid-Atlantic). Critics have called it "riveting," "thought-provoking" and "a pleasure to read."
"I had the idea for THE HISTORY TEACHER about 20 years ago, but I got distracted by other writing projects," says the author, a ghost writer and copywriter by trade. "The story sprang from my fascination with the Alger Hiss case — a spy trial that gripped the nation in the late 1940s and early '50s." Set in New York City, Washington, DC, and Wilmington, Delaware, the novel propels the reader through the rarified enclaves of Delaware's old guard, 1970s Manhattan and the back offices of the CIA.
"I set THE HISTORY TEACHER in places where I have lived, to give it the ring of truth, and I did a lot of research into the McCarthy era and emergence of the early foreign intelligence community. That said, it's meant to be entertaining. If you like historical mysteries, political thrillers and a dash of romance, I think you'll enjoy it."
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