We don’t cover a lot of spy stories on Mom Reads and this is definitely the first set in The Roaring Twenties. It’s an unusual enough setting that Jason Overstreet really brings to life in the first book of The Renaissance Series – The Strivers’ Row Spy. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a mystery novel, so if that’s a deal breaker – look elsewhere.
Sidney Temple finds his wonder years interrupted as he’s tapped up to join the FBI as one of the service’s first African-American agents. He expects glamor and justice but nothing goes according to plan and the price he has to pay for his disillusionment may be far too high. Can he escape with his life or his pride intact?