Title: Heart of Deception
Author: M.L. Malcolm
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Paperback: 353 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
From M. L. Malcolm, the acclaimed author of Heart of Lies, comes a powerful sequel that spans the years from World War II to the turbulent 1960s—the riveting story of a family struggling with choices forced upon them by war . . . and the consequences that will take a generation to unfold.
A man of many contradictions, Leo Hoffman is a Hungarian national with a French passport, a wealthy businessman with no visible means of support, and a devoted father who hasn’t seen his daughter in years. He is also a spy.
Recruited by the Allies to help lay the groundwork for their invasion of North Africa, Leo intends to engage in as little espionage as possible—just enough to earn his American citizenship so he can get to New York and reunite with his daughter, Maddy. But while Leo dodges death in France and Morocco, Maddy is learning shocking truths about her father’s mysterious past—haunting knowledge that will compel her down her own dangerous path of deception and discovery.
Heart of Deception by M.L. Malcolm is the sequel to Heart of Lies, chronicling the life of Leo Hoffman, beginning in 1942, just a few short years after his wife was killed in Shanghai by the attack by the Japanese. Hoffman, a businessman of Hungarian origin and spy, must deal not only with the complexities of his “professional” life but also protect his teenaged daughter. In this extraordinary sequel to her debut, Heart of Lies, Malcolm takes readers on a veritable thrill ride with elements of danger, mystery and deception in this fast paced, meticulously detailed novel where events and characters come to life as Malcolm engrosses the reader with her ability to literarily transport into the past. Malcolm’s character descriptions and historical time-line is exceptional, and her writing is compellingly captivating as she weaves together stories that will capture the reader’s attention and keep the reader engaged until the last page. I recommend Heart of Deception to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
M. L. Malcolm has won several awards for short fiction, including recognition in the Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Competition, and a silver medal from ForeWord magazine for Historical Fiction Book of the Year. Malcolm has lived in Florida, Boston, Washington, D.C., France, New York, and Atlanta, and currently resides in Los Angeles.
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