Stunning, suspenseful, and unforgettably evocative, Jason Overstreet’s debut novel glitters with the vibrant dreams and a dangerous promise of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, as one man crosses the perilous lines between the law, loyalty, and deadly lies…
For college graduate Sidney Temple, the Roaring Twenties bring opportunities even members of his accomplished black bourgeois family couldn’t have imagined. His impulsive marriage to independent artist Loretta is a happiness he never thought he’d find. And when he’s tapped by J. Edgar Hoover to be the FBI’s first African-American agent, he sees a once-in-a-lifetime chance to secure real justice.
Instead of providing evidence against Marcus Garvey, prominent head of the “dangerously radical” back-to-Africa movement, Sidney uses his unexpected knack for deception and undercover work to thwart the Bureau’s biased investigation. And by giving renowned leader W. E. B. Du Bois insider information, Sidney gambles on change, that could mean a fair destiny for all Americans…
But the higher Sidney and Loretta climb in Harlem’s most influential and glamorous circles, the more dangerous the stakes. An unexpected friendship and a wrenching personal tragedy threaten to shatter Loretta’s innocent trust in her husband—and turn his double life into a fast-closing trap. For Sidney, ultimately squeezed between the Bureau and one too many ruthless factions, the price of escape could be heartbreak and betrayal no amount of skill can help him survive.
Rating: 4 stars
The Striver’s Row Spy by Jason Overstreet is a great read for all. It combines a lot of elements and sets off an intriguing tale. The story takes readers back to the historical time period of the 1920’s. A lot goes on during that time. It offers a new opportunity to the main character that seems highly unusual yet it happens. The suspense, danger, and mystery, sets readers guessing. My mind was spinning with what ifs. An African American man being offered a high yet dangerous job hooked me. The story lured me in deep. A job that proves more, risky than originally planned…leaves Sidney stuck in one crisis after crisis. Circles of going, undercover, has ways of biting one back…Harlem and the aristocratic lifestyle is an interesting read. I loved how it came to life inside this novel. Jason Overstreet brings the impossible things into a highly entertaining piece of fiction. However, I can’t picture one man turning over another of his own kind no matter what the pay or job offer is. Other than that the story was interesting. I recommend it to all who love the civil rights movement and a good mystery.