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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hawley Public Library MAC (Text) 33500013676135 New Checked out 10/14/2022
Moorhead Public Library MAC (Text) 33500013676143 New Checked out 10/14/2022
Red Lake Falls Public Library MAC (Text) 35500006611600 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593156957
  • ISBN: 0593156951
  • Physical Description: xii, 320 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, [2022]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-315).
Summary, etc.:
"From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series comes a tantalizing standalone novel about a mother and daughter who stumble upon an underground Nazi cell in Los Angeles during the early days of World War II--and find the courage to go undercover. June 1940. France has fallen to the Nazis, Britain is next--but to many Americans, the war is still something happening "over there." Veronica Grace has just graduated from college; she and her mother, Violet, the widow of a Navy commander, are looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles, where the sun always shines and the opportunities feel riper. Having taken a misstep that cost her a prestigious career opportunity back in New York, Veronica is relieved to take a temporary typing job--only to realize that she's working for one of L.A.'s most vicious anti-Semitic propagandists. Overnight, Veronica is exposed to the dark underbelly of the place she now calls home, where German Nazis are recruiting new American members and building a bunker in the Pacific Palisades for Hitler's anticipated visit to the West Coast. After the FBI dismisses their concerns for "lack of evidence," Veronica and Violet decide to call on an old friend of Violet's late husband--who introduces them to Ari Lewis, L.A.'s anti-Nazi spymaster. At once, the two blonde-haired, blue-eyed German American women go undercover and infiltrate the heart of Nazism in Los Angeles. Risking their lives, Veronica and Violet aim to gather enough information about the California Reich to take to the authorities. But as the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor ripples through the Nazi population in Southern California, and President Roosevelt declares war, the Grace women realize that the plots they're investigating are far more sinister than they feared--and even a single misstep could cost them everything. Inspired by real events, Mother Daughter Traitor Spy is a powerful portrait of family, duty, and deception that raises timeless questions about America--and what it means to have courage in the face of terror"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 July #1
    When MacNeal was researching The Hollywood Spy (2021), she became interested in the story of Grace and Sylvia Comfort, a real-life mother and daughter who were recruited to infiltrate the German American Bund in Los Angeles during WWII. This fictionalized version of that story sticks closely to the facts, with MacNeal limiting embellishments mainly to the backstories of Grace and Sylvia, who appear here as Violet and Veronica Grace, New Yorkers recently relocated to L.A., where would-be journalist Veronica takes a typing job for a couple who turn out to be Bund members. A friend of Violet's works in Naval Intelligence, and soon the women have an assignment: gather information on the Bund and its doings. Veronica's eagerness to take risks in the manner of her role model, Martha Gellhorn (What would Martha do?), leads to trouble. The narrative bogs down occasionally, with Veronica delivering some clich├ęd author's messages (We need to transcend the hate), but the historical material, all documented in an afterword, is thoroughly gripping: plans to sabotage aviation plants, lynch prominent Hollywood figures, and transform a Pacific Palisades ranch into Hitler's West Coast bunker. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
National socialism > Fiction.
Undercover operations > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > California > Los Angeles > Fiction.
Espionage.
Mothers and daughters.
Spies.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Thrillers (Fiction)
Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.

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