Pat Shipman is the author of eight previous books, including The Man Who Found the Missing Link and Taking Wing, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for science and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Her numerous awards and honors include the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for The Wisdom of the Bones (written with Alan Walker). Her most recent book is To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa. She is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
"[E]ngrossing . . . casting Mata Hari's rise and fall against the
background of her life, the turmoil of World War I and, ultimately,
the moral standards of the era. . . . Shipman teases out the
details with a novelist's skill.--Bloomberg News
"An engrossing tale that sheds new light on a mysterious woman."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Both suspenseful and shocking . . . Shipman tells her story with interest and spirit."--Los Angeles Times
"The melodramatic true story of a mythic grand horizontal, told with clarity and understanding."--Kirkus Reviews