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									Leslie SilbertLeslie Silbert
Renaissance expert and intrepid P.I. Leslie Silbert has taken her fascinating career experience to the literary arena with her debut thriller, The Intelligencer. Her boss, a 32-year veteran of the CIA, calls her debut “an artful and ingenious blend of Elizabethan history and twenty-first century espionage."

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Fact File

Leslie Silbert
Current Home:
New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Washington, D.C.
B.A., M.A. in The History of Science, Harvard University; Renaissance Literature studies, Oxford University

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								The Intelligencer, Author: 
								Leslie Silbert.

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The Intelligencer
by Leslie Silbert
A buzzed-about debut that's part thriller, part historical novel, and all page-turner, Silbert's first novel ricochets between modern-day New York and sixteenth-century London as P.I. Kate Morgan attempts to solve the mysterious murder of Christopher Marlowe.

Fellow author David Liss comments, "It is rare to find a novel that is both impressively learned and absorbingly entertaining. Leslie Silbert does a remarkable job of presenting fascinating details from the world of espionage -- both Tudor and contemporary -- and weaving them into a fast-paced, engaging and witty thriller."

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Alter Ego Trip

In an interview with her publisher, Silbert discusses her approach in writing her first fiction heroine, Kate Morgan. "I followed one of the few adages I’d heard over the years: Write what you know," she explains. "Instead of wondering if my main character was two dimensional, or spoke in a consistent voice, I could just think: What would I say? I have, however, made Kate much cooler than I am. Most notably, I don’t work for a clandestine U.S. intelligence unit. My contribution to global justice is, unfortunately, quite limited. She also kicks ass a bit better. Unlike me, though, she hasn’t tried her hand at fiction… yet."

An Early Influence

Silbert's Reading Recommendations

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								Arcadia, Author: 
								Tom Stoppard.

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by Tom Stoppard
"I was first introduced to [Stoppard] in 1997 when I saw a performance of Arcadia," Silbert recalls in our exclusive interview. "I was thrilled and awed by his deft interweaving of stories separated by centuries. Years later, when I thought about actually writing -- not just mulling over -- my first novel, Stoppard’s play inspired me to try creating a similar structure."

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								Eye of the Needle, Author: 
								Ken Follett.

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Eye of the Needle
by Ken Follett
We asked Silbert to talk to us about some of her favorite books. She put Ken Follet's breakout bestseller high on her list, calling it "arguably one of the best spy novels ever written." Read on to learn more about Silbert's reading recommendations, including:

*Fist of God  by Frederick Forsyth
*Agents of Innocence  by David Ignatius
*Plum Island  by Nelson DeMille
*If Tomorrow Comes  by Sidney Sheldon
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