BN.com Gift Guide

Heart of Deception: A Novel

Overview

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 1960s—the 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 ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (34) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $3.92   
  • Used (22) from $1.99   
Heart of Deception: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.39
BN.com price

Overview

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 1960s—the 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 possible—just 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 past—haunting knowledge that will compel her down her own dangerous path of deception and discovery.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The search of Leo Hoffman, a dashing spy, for his daughter, Maddy, drives Malcolm's engaging, if at times sketchy, sequel to Heart of Lies. After the death of Maddy's mother, Martha, during the Japanese attack on Shanghai in 1937, Leo married a hard-hearted woman he entrusted to take Maddy to safety in the U.S. By 1942, 12-year-old Maddy has come to live with her aunt, Martha's sister, Bernice Mason, in posh Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Bernice hopes to protect her from Leo, a mysterious man she doesn't trust, who by now has reached North Africa. Leo's encounters with such real-life American intelligence figures as Col. William Eddy and Carlton Coon lend verisimilitude to his WWII exploits. Maddy's later romantic travails with Bradley Harrington Gordon IV and New York mobster Gene Mandretti yield unexpected conflicts. Shifting between Leo and Maddy, Malcolm movingly depicts the enduring love of a father for his child. (Apr.)
Booklist
“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
“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.”
Ventura County Star on Heart of Deception
“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.”
Booklist 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.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061962196
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,008,409
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted June 5, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    The Gift Of Second Chances

    Leo Hoffman has led an unconventional life. Born in Hungary, he fled to Shanghai with his adored wife after WWI. When Shanghai fell and his wife was killed, he was able to get his daughter Maddy out and on her way to America. Leo ended up in Cairo where his ability to speak multiple languages and willingness to be considered a shady character made him the perfect spy as WWII heated up. On Leo's side, he was willing to take on this dangerous role for the reward offered; citizenship papers in the United States and a reunion with Maddy.

    But the best-laid plans often go awry in war and the shadowy world of espionage. Leo is captured by the Germans and sent to a work camp. Years later, when he makes it to America, Maddy is a teenager, bitter that he had disappeared from her life and unwilling to let him back in. He goes back to the world he knows and disappears once again, his whereabouts known only to his superiors at the CIA.

    Maddy grows up, but into trouble. She is torn between two men, one a boring conventional doctor whose family refuses to accept her as his wife, the other an exciting but dominating man she alternatively craves and fears. She flees to the safety of a marriage to the doctor, but when it falls apart, she finds herself drawn back into the circle of the dangerous man she wanted to avoid. As things grow steadily more dangerous, can Leo come back and be there for Maddy in her time of greatest need?

    M.L. Malcolm has written a novel that will appeal to many readers. It has romance, intrigue and suspense. She artfully weaves real people, many in the early stages of the spy game, into the novel to lend it authenticity. This book is recommended for readers who enjoy reading about life choices, where they lead, and the gift of second chances.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 1, 2011

    dull and poorly written

    This reads like a cross between a research paper and an introductory fiction writing class. Too bad, it's my favorite period of history and this former lawyer misses the mark...she should go back to writing legal briefs. Sorry.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 3, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Quick Read and Enjoyable

    "Heart of Deception" by M.L. Malcolm is the fictional sequel to "Heart of Lies" picking up with the same cast of characters after World War II.

    Spy extraordinaire Leo Hoffman is, again, in some forsaken place trying to get a government, any government, secure a safe corner in the world for him and his daughter. Leo's daughter, Maddy, is living with her aunt in Englewood Cliffs, NJ oblivious to the issues her father is dealing with. The aunt is Leo's sister in law and still blames him for her sister's death.

    Maddy does not wait for her father, she lives her life, falls in love and make mistakes. She tries to find herself and discovers that life always throws curve-balls, spy or not.

    "Heart of Deception" by M.L. Malcolm is a followup to her first book. Unlike the first book, this is not a character study but it does move in the same fast pace.

    What disappointed me about the book is that most of it does not take place during World War II as was insinuated. The parts that do take place around that time, which I found interesting, were almost glossed over. There are so many promising premises which could have been expended, Leo's Jewish heritage, his plight to get home etc. None were explored and if they were - vaguely.

    While Leo is touted as the main protagonist, the books is actually about Maddy, Leo's daughter. That might explain why Leo's adventure are either overlooked or quickly glossed over. Much like "Heart of Lies" this book is neither here nor there. It is not an espionage novel, nor historical fiction, nor is it a romance, the book does a good job combining genres but I felt as if something was missing.

    That being said, the book is a quick read and I did enjoy it especially after reading the first one. I don't know if this would be a standalone book, I'd be interested to read what others say. The characters do come with baggage and reading "Heart of Lies" certainly made it more enjoyable. There is a recap of what happened in "Heart of Lies" during the first several chapters, but I didn't get the feeling that the unaware reader would experience the same level of enjoyment unless they read the books in order.

    I did enjoy the interaction of Ms. Malcolm's fictional characters with those who really existed such as Colonel William Eddy, Major Peter Wilkinson and super-spy Krystyna Skarbek aka Christine Granville.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    strong insightful epic

    In 1937, the Japanese attack on Shanghai killed Martha Hoffman. She left behind her Hungarian businessman husband Leo and their seven years old daughter Maddy. Being a spy, Leo needs to find a way to protect his child so he marries and sends his second wife and his child to live in New York. However, after he returns to the field, his spouse could not care less what happens to her stepdaughter. By 1942, Maddy arrives in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to live with her Aunt Bernice Mason while believing her father deserted her.

    The war may be over, but as Leo seeks to reconcile with his daughter, he needs a legitimate passport to travel to New York. He agrees to conduct one last operation in North Africa for passage to America. However, Leo is unaware that his beloved daughter has found a loving home with her Aunt Bernice. Over the years she turns acrimonious towards her dad for abandoning her and distrusts men in general though she has trysts with different types of males.

    Using real persona from the 1930s through the early 1960s, M.L. Malcolm continues the saga of Hoffman (see Heart of Lies) with a strong insightful epic that can stand alone, but clearly enhanced with how the lead male made the decisions that cost him raising his daughter. The story line rotates the tale of the father the espionage agent wanting to come in from the cold and his daughter who over time loathes her dad for abandoning her. Epic saga fans will enjoy this look at three middle twentieth century decades as world events and a sister-in-law keep a father and a daughter apart.

    Harriet Klausner

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted February 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    A definie page-turner - highly recommended

    In the throes of World War II, Leo Hoffman is tired of his life as a spy, but he cannot retire until he successfully concludes the political intrigues he finds himself embroiled in. In Morocco, he must help prepare for the allied invasion into North Africa. Only when he has completed this task, will he earn himself a legitimate passport so he can return home to New York. There he hopes to reunite with his daughter, Maddie, whom he had sent to New York under the care of his paramour to protect her from the falling into the hands of the Nazis.

    Born of Jewish roots, Maddie is separated from everyone she knows because of the war. All Maddie knows is that her mother is dead and her father has abandoned her for some unknown reason. She does not know of her father's secret life or of her mother's family. Unwanted by her father's lover, Maddie is sent to live with her best friend whose mother cares for her and provides her with a loving home. Then one day, her aunt, her mother's sister, locates her and takes Maddie to live with her and her husband. There Maddie gets a sense of family. Her life is comfortable, her needs seen to, however, as she matures, she grows bitter at her father's abandonment of her. As Maddie grows to womanhood and enters into personal liaisons of her own, she must learn who to trust as long buried secrets resurface.

    Although Heart of Deception is the sequel to Heart of Lies, the book can be read independently of the first. The reader will have no troubles following the plot or picking up the story.
    The plight of Maddie riveted me. The fact she is alone and innocent in the world except for a few people who truly care about her, endeared her to me. As Maddie grows to womanhood, she finds herself in love with two very different men and must choose between them. It is these relationships that I found intriguing. The author introduces characters slowly, revealing their personality and motives slowly, creating suspense as I read along, fully engrossed in the tale.

    The author's prose and style of writing made the story easy to follow and hard to put down. If you like tales with a touch of intrigue, strong in family ties, and with colourful, unpredictable characters, this story is sure to satisfy. I found myself turning pages late into the night and highly recommend it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)