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Red, White, Blue

(2018)
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A dark, powerful, and subtly crafted novel that traces the intertwined fates of a CIA case officer and a young woman who is forced to confront her dead father's secret past--at once a gripping, immersive tale of duplicity and espionage, and a moving story of love and loyalty.

Anna is the beloved only child of the charismatic Noel, a New York City banker--and a mother who abandoned her. When Noel dies in a mysterious skiing accident in Switzerland the day before his daughter's wedding, Anna, consumed by grief, grows increasingly distant from her prominent music-producing husband, who begins running for office. One day, while on her honeymoon in the south of France, Anna meets an enigmatic stranger who will cause perhaps even greater upheaval in her life. It will soon become clear that this meeting was no chance encounter: this man once worked with Anna's father and has information about parts of Noel's life that Anna never knew. When she arrives back in New York, she receives a parcel that contains a series of cryptic recordings and videos showing Noel at the center of a brutal interrogation. Soon, everything Anna knows about her father's life--and his death--is called into question, launching her into a desperate search for the truth.

Smart, fast-moving, and suspenseful, Red, White, Blue plunges us into the inner workings of the CIA, a China Ops gone wrong, and the consequences of a collision between one's deepest personal ties and the most exacting and fateful professional commitment.

Genre: Thriller


Praise for this book

"Why does the stuff of espionage lie so close to essential matters of the human heart? Love, loyalty, lies, betrayal—Lea Carpenter plumbs the depths of all these in this brilliant, very possibly flawless book. I can think of no novel in recent memory that blends the personal and intimate so truly with power and conflict on the grand geopolitical scale. Red, White, Blue is a marvel and a masterpiece." - Ben Fountain

"Finally, the perfect spy novel for the post–9/11 era. Carpenter’s Red, White, Blue brilliantly evokes the world of American espionage in a time of crisis, as the struggle to fight terrorism conflicts with longer-term views of American interests and agents find themselves trapped within conflicting loyalties to friends, to assets, to family, and to country. Thrilling, provocative, and powerfully moving." - Phil Klay

"Red, White, Blue is a beautifully written, utterly gripping, and haunting story of espionage. Both timely and relevant and, in the tradition of the best spy novels, it is about secrets, deception, betrayal, and lies, the cruelest dilemmas of human nature." - Simon Sebag Montefiore

"With the elegant restraint of an intelligence operative herself, Lea Carpenter unwinds the complex relationship between a daughter and her secretive father. Her book delves into the obscure culture of the CIA, but even deeper into the way that a man’s necessarily hidden life impinges on his child’s sense of coherence. This is a riveting and disturbing account of attachments that can never be fully resolved, a book about dignity and discretion and their oblique relationship to intimacy." - Andrew Solomon


Used availability for Lea Carpenter's Red, White, Blue

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Red, White, Blue: A novel
Author(s): Lea Carpenter
ISBN: 1-5247-3214-1 / 978-1-5247-3214-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Red, White, Blue: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Author(s): Lea Carpenter
ISBN: 0-525-43298-1 / 978-0-525-43298-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Red, White, Blue: A Novel
Author(s): Lea Carpenter
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Red, White, Blue: A Novel
Author(s): Lea Carpenter
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Red, White, Blue: A novel
Author(s): Lea Carpenter
Publisher: Vintage
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