From the internationally bestselling author of NEFERTITI comes a captivating novel about the infamous Mata Hari, exotic dancer, adored courtesan, and, possibly, infamous spy.
Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom . . . or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she's been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers.
As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father's cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe's most infamous exotic dancer.
From lush Indian temples and glamorous Parisian theatres to stark German barracks in war-torn Europe, Moran brings to vibrant life the famed world of Mata Hari: dancer, courtesan, and possibly, spy.
Filled with fascinating historical details about a subject that is not often portrayed . . . Readers who have enjoyed Moran's previous works will not want to miss this - Library Journal on The Last Queen of India
Beautifully written with captivating characters with whom the readers can admire and identify - Good Book Guide on The Last Queen of India
Michelle Moran was born and grew up in California. She worked as a public school teacher for six years, travelling around the world during school holidays, including to an archaeological dig in Israel, which inspired her to write. Her novels include Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra's Daughter and The Second Empress. She lives in California with her husband.