Heart of Deception
By M.L. Malcolm
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061962196, 352pp.)
Publication Date: April 2011
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 1960sthe riveting story of a family struggling with choices forced upon them by war . . . and the consequences that will take a generation to unfold.
Aman 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 possiblejust 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 pasthaunting knowledge that will compel her down her own dangerous path of deception and discovery.
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.
- What is your opinion of Bernice Mason, Leo’s sister-in-law? Were her motives in separating Leo from his daughter altruistic, or deceptive? Similarly, when Amelia informs Maddy about her husband’s infidelity, was she being helpful or vindictive?
“Malcolm masterfully captures intensity and flavor of the time-span in which this tale is set, and stays faithful to the accuracy of the history that swirls around this fascinating family story.”
-Ventura County Star on Heart of Deception
“Engaging....Malcolm movingly depicts the enduring love of a father for his child.”
-Publishers Weekly on Heart of Deception
“Malcolm spins a mesmerizing tale of love, deceit, and betrayal as a father and daughter are torn apart by a world increasingly spinning out of control.”
-Booklist on Heart of Deception