Pagan Jones was a FUN FUN FUN heroine. She was also a very sad heroine (recovering alcoholic, responsible for the deaths of her father and younger sister), but she’s, as one character puts it, “clever, brave, and extremely determined”. This is a spy story, sure, but also a story of a Hollywood starlet seeking redemption for past mistakes. Berry did some impressive research into 1961 pop culture and Hollywood and Berlin, and the time period was well-fleshed out. I even went onto Google and pulled up the entertainment magazines and cover articles she referenced Pagan reading on the plane. I’m always super over the moon about the little details like that.