A fictional account of the truth behind the legend of notorious and seductive spy Mata Hari argues that she was executed not for espionage but rather that she was the victim of political betrayal and murder
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Dan Sherman has written a handful of popular thrillers, starting with such near-contemporary successes as The White Mandarin (1982, set in China from 1949 through the 1960s) and The Prince of Berlin (1983, starting at the end of World War II and continuing on into the 1960s) and then moving backward through history to the era of World War I (The Man Who Loved Mata Hari, 1985) and then to the period of the American Revolution (The Traitor, 1987), about the discovery of a mole within the highest command levels of George Washington’s army of revolution. His other novels include The Mole, Riddle, Swann, and King Jaguar.
Although the name Mata Hari brings to mind a glamorous spy, little is now remembered about the attractive exotic dancer who was executed for espionage by the French in 1917. Some, like the author, feel that the evidence against her was fabricated. His version is told through a fictional English painter living in Paris, Nicholas Gray, her lover and friend. Her career and her alliances take her from country to country, but she maintains contact with Gray, who is manipulated by British intelligence to learn more about Mata Hari's associates. Sherman's approach is interesting, but the novel is disappointing. The prose is often leaden; scenes are interrupted by an unidentified narrator who explains events and individuals. Fact and fiction are not well blended. Only in the fight scenes is the author's ability to write well-received espionage novels evidenced. Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines
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Book Description Dutton Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0917657276
Book Description Dutton Adult, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0917657276