THE STRIVERS’ ROW SPY
Jason Overstreet’s debut novel, which takes us back in time to the Harlem Renaissance, is awesome. It’s chock full of Black history, features leaders like W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey and includes lots of suspense and intrigue. Sidney Temple as an double agent is courageous. This is a real winner!
Sidney Temple is one of the first African-American men recruited by J. Edgar Hoover as an agent for the FBI. He is assigned to spy on Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois and others in the NAACP and UNIA, but his loyalties to his race outweigh his loyalty to the biased FBI. Sidney is a double agent and a damned good one. (DAFINA, Sep. 448 pp., $25.00)