In the wake of a baffling double murder, a Columbia University professor is drawn into an intrigue that harks back to the beginnings of the Cold War—and forced to confront the truth about her family and history as we know it.
Targeted Age Group:: adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The book is set in the 1970s and the post-war era. The story was inspired, in part, by my interest in the Alger Hiss case, a spy trial during the McCarthy era, and by classic thrillers of the seventies including Three Days of the Condor and Marathon Man. Certain scenes in The History Teacher pay homage those films.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted an industrialist (and his family) for the history side of the story and his progeny at the center of the search for the truth in the 1970s. I decided on a Columbia professor as the central character, a reluctant heiress who plays the role of historian/sleuth. And I put them in environments that I'm familiar with—Delaware, Manhattan's Upper West Side, Washington DC and the Adirondack mountains—to give the story credibility.
A statuesque woman in a full-length camel hair coat and a large angular mink hat walks her boxer down Miller's Lane. It is a narrow road, no more than a mile long, and deceptively rural, although it's well within the city limits. Walk up Miller's Lane to the top of the hill and it ends at a traffic light, a main thoroughfare that leads deeper into the city. Walk in the other direction, and it takes you into the woods along a ravine and out toward the old Balfour Mill. There are no sidewalks on Miller's Lane. And there is no traffic on this Monday morning. She is walking toward the woods, holding the fold of her coat against the wind.
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