The History Teacher - riveting political thriller by Susan Bacon

The History Teacher - riveting political thriller by Susan Bacon

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Susan Bacon’s award-winning debut novel pays homage to the classic political thrillers of the 1970s. “I love them — the books and the movies,” says the author. “Intricate. Full of twists and turns. And intriguing characters. James Grady’s Six Days of the Condor (aka Three Days of the Condor). William Goldman’s Marathon Man. Both began as books and made great films. There’s nothing formulaic about them. Another is Charade. It’s suspenseful. And unpredictable. Has a dash of romance. Some levity. There are elements of THE HISTORY TEACHER — and specific scenes — that pay homage to each of those films.”

The story line: It’s 1978. In the wake of a baffling double murder, a Columbia University professor is unwittingly drawn into an intrigue that harks back to the beginnings of the Cold War — and forced to confront some difficult truths about her family and history as we know it.  Set in the rarified world of Wilmington, Delaware, Manhattan’s Upper West Side and the back offices of the CIA, the novel won a 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Fiction/Mid-Atlantic. And reviewers have called THE HISTORY TEACHER “riveting” (Midwest Book Review), “fresh and eye-opening” (author Emily Yellin), “a pleasure to read” (author Bruce Weber) and “a satisfying page-turner” (Memphis Flyer).

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