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L. M. Elliott author of Suspect Red

When the entire nation is scared, who do you believe?

L. M. Elliott dives into the McCarthy era in her new novel about the teenage son of an FBI agent. It’s 1953, and the United States has just executed an American couple convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Everyone is on edge as the Cold War standoff between communism and democracy leads to the rise of Senator Joe McCarthy and his zealous hunt for people he calls subversives or communist sympathizers. Suspicion, loyalty oaths, blacklists, political profiling, hostility to foreigners, and the assumption of guilt by association divide the nation. Richard and his family believe deeply in American values and love of country. Yet when a family from Czechoslovakia moves in down the street with a son Richard's age named Vlad, their bold ideas about art and politics bring everything into question.

Richard is quickly drawn to Vlad's confidence, musical sensibilities, and passion for literature, which Richard shares. But as the nation’s paranoia spirals out of control, Richard longs to prove himself a patriot, and blurred lines between friend and foe could lead to a betrayal that destroys lives.

Punctuated with photos, news headlines, ads, and quotes from the era, this suspenseful and relatable novel by award-winning New York Times best-selling author L.M. Elliott breathes new life into a troubling chapter of our history. Get ready for Banned Books Week at this lively and thought-provoking reading and discussion.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Suspect Red Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423157540
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 19th, 2017