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'Tangier' possesses the hallmarks of a good international thriller: spies, diplomats,
men and women with ambiguous loyalties and motives, smoke-
Steve Wiegenstein, author of “Slant of Light,” “This Old World” and “The Language of Trees”
In Stephen Holgate’s debut novel, Christopher Chaffee embarks on a journey that
takes him not just to Morocco but decades into the past, back to the Second World
War. It’s a journey haunted by memory, by the ambiguities of history, and above all
by the unsolved mystery of Chaffee’s father. Holgate understands that what readers
want is a story that unleashes their imagination, and he delivers. The characters
Chaffee meets on his voyage of discovery stand out memorably, the pacing is sure-
Mark Jacobs, author of “Stone Cowboy,” “A Handful of Kings,” and “Forty Wolves”
"I have admired the writing of Steve Holgate for as long as I can remember, and count him as a fundamental influence on my own sensibility as a comedy writer. His brilliant, original, and frequently hilarious literary voice is on display everywhere in 'Tangier,' which has earned its place on my bookshelf among the best works of modern American fiction."
Brent Forrester, writer “The Simpsons” and “The Office”
Descriptions leap so vividly off the page that the city itself becomes a character in the drama.
Mark York, headwriter, “Doug”
Writing that lets the story tell itself. Holgate weaves a tight web across a span of more than fifty years. A yarn beautifully spun. Forget sleep, turn the pages.
Tony Wolk, author of the “Lincoln InTime” trilogy
“(T)his novel... is fascinating. … The stages of this journey are carefully crafted and speak volumes about the real effects of political power. Interesting historical fiction!”
Historical Novel Society
“Stephen Holgate weaves an exquisite tapestry of wartime espionage, intrigue, and
mystery, in his astounding debut novel. The only things missing are Bogart romancing
Bergman, and Dooley Wilson (“Sam”) singing 'As Time Goes By'. With a novel-
L. Dean Murphy for Bookreporter
"Gripping and persuasive, with shades of both
Graham Greene and Alan Furst ...
A really terrific read."
Rosalind Brackenbury, author of "The House in Morocco."
(T)his is a book where the dead-
Matthew Korfhage, “Willamette Week”
(F)ine writing with evocative descriptions of the North African city in war and peace and a skillful use of metaphors.
Lyn Squire, “Manhattan Book Review”
Holgate’s thoughtful first novel generates suspense by alternating between two related stories. …(A)n adventure that is truly transformative and convincing.
Fans of Graham Greene-
Amy Wang, The Oregonian