The American Agent
When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered at her London flat, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. They are joined by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie get out of Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.
As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.
“It’s 1940 and Britain is bearing up under the Blitz when a government agent asks Maisie to investigate the murder of an American war correspondent. ‘We can’t lay this one at Hitler’s feet,’ her contact says, pointing out that the killing took place at the reporter’s London lodgings. Well, yes, we can, because everything in this series turns on the psychological traumas of war. That’s what gives Maisie’s sometimes prosaic cases their sturdy backbone and air of urgency—that and Maisie’s own dynamic character.”
—The New York Times
“…excellent…In Winspear’s capable hands, Maisie has evolved into a deeply sympathetic character.
Readers will eagerly await her next outing.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred review
“…an immersive tale of wartime grit and grief. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed; the book can also cross over to historical-mystery buffs and devotees of British detective shows.”
“Winspear advances Maisie’s inspiring activities, highlights the bravery of an embattled people during the Second World War, and intimates that lessons from that period have yet to be learned.”
“Offers an intense portrayal of how ordinary British residents attempted to manage their ordinary lives amid extraordinary and traumatic circumstances. Maisie solves the crime (naturally), but just as compelling is her own personal journey, which leaves her poised to begin yet another new chapter of her eventful life.”
“[Maisie Dobbs]…has solved sometimes harrowing cases with a mixture of intelligence, intuition, determination and compassion that makes her—and it’s an odd compliment, I know—one of the most soothing characters in crime fiction.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“Books in the Maisie Dobbs series are always as much about the heroine’s ongoing journey as they are about the mysteries she solves, and it’s the big changes in her life that make this 15th “Maisie” book one of the best.”
“Winspear’s vivid story feels like a great Brit film of the 40s, perhaps with Ingrid Bergman as Maisie and James Stewart as American secret agent Mark Scott…”
—The Peterborough Telegraph (UK)
“Reading a Maisie Dobbs book is a little like spending time with an old friend you don’t see often enough, if your old friend’s gig is tracking down and capturing criminals.”
—Tampa Bay Times
“Winspear has no equal in evoking past London splendours and agonies, while creating endearing characters with human foibles we all recognize. A worthy addition to the long-running series.”
“Winspear’s clear writing and careful plotting seem guaranteed to please.”