The Spymistress: A Novel

The Spymistress: A Novel

Jennifer Chiaverini


New York Times bestselling writer Jennifer Chiaverini is again with one other mesmerizing ancient novel set throughout the Civil conflict period, this time encouraged by way of the lifetime of “a precise Union girl as precise as metal” who risked every thing through taking care of Union prisoners of struggle — and stealing accomplice secrets and techniques.

Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and knowledgeable via Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew used to be a paradox of her time. whilst her local nation seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions forced her to defy the hot accomplice regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White condominium, her braveness may by no means waver, whilst her wartime activities threatened not just her popularity, but in addition her life.

Van Lew’s abilities in accumulating army intelligence have been remarkable. She helped to build the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the notorious accomplice Libby criminal lower than the guise of humanitarian relief. Her secret agent ring’s achieve used to be gigantic, from clerks within the accomplice warfare and military Departments to the very domestic of accomplice President Jefferson Davis.

Although Van Lew was once inducted posthumously into the army Intelligence corridor of repute, the extraordinary scope of her achievements hasn't ever been widely recognized. In Chiaverini’s riveting story of high-stakes espionage, a very good heroine of the Civil conflict ultimately will get her due.

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