The St. Louis County Library Foundation Presents
Bestselling Novelist Madeline Martin
Author of “The Librarian Spy”
Daniel Boone Branch
300 Clarkson Rd. Ellisville, MO 63011
From the New York Times bestselling author of “The Last Bookshop in London” comes a moving new novel inspired by the true history of America’s library spies of World War II. When librarian Ava Harper is sent to Lisbon by the U.S. government on an intel mission, her quiet, predictable life turns immediately intense and uncertain. As she acquires clandestine newspapers through this neutral haven for Europe’s refugees, she questions who is friend, who is foe, and who is Nazi. Meanwhile, in Nazi-occupied Lyon, French Resistance fighter Elaine Rousseau holds the extremely precarious position of printing press operator for one of the underground newspapers. An encoded message, sent by Elaine and read by Ava, unites the two on a risky but hopeful shared mission.