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Civil War spy tale to come to life at library

8/29/2014, 6 a.m.

New York Times best-selling author Karen Abbott will discuss “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” on Sept. 2 at the Decatur Library.

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Karen Abbott

The book brings to life four real-life spies – a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist and a widow – who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.

Abbott, who weaved her spellbinding tale with a wealth of source materials and interviews of descendants’ families, will talk about the heroic foursome from 7:15 to 9 p.m.

The former journalist is the best-selling author of “Sin in the Second City” and “American Rose.” She is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect, and also writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur.

For more information, call 404-370-3070.