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Barnes and Noble • Best Books of 2023 • Literary Nonfiction

A book by 
Mary Haverstick

release date

November 14, 2023


eBook and Audiobook is Available

What it's about!

The true story of a filmmaker whose unexpected investigation of her film's subject opened a new window onto the world of Cold War espionage, CIA secrets, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy Independent filmmaker Mary Haverstick thought she’d stumbled onto the project of a lifetime—a biopic of a little-known aviation legend whose story seemed to embody the hopeful spirit of the dawn of the space age. But after she received a mysterious warning from a government agent, Haverstick began to suspect that all was not as it seemed. What she found as she dug deeper was a darker story—a story of double identities and female spies, a tangle of intrigue that stretched from the fields of the Congo to the shores of Cuba, from the streets of Mexico City to the dark heart of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas.  As Haverstick attempted to learn the truth directly from her subject in a cat-and-mouse game that stretched across a decade, she plunged deep into the CIA files of the 1950s and 60s. A Woman I Know brings vividly to life the high-stakes duplicities of the Cold War intelligence game, a world where code names and double-talk are the lingua franca of spies bent on seeking advantage by any means necessary. As Haverstick sheds light on a remarkable set of women whose high-stakes intelligence work has left its only traces in redacted files, she also discovers disturbing and shocking new clues about what really happened at Dealey Plaza in 1963. Offering new clues to the assassination and a vivid picture of women in midcentury intelligence, A Woman I Know is a gripping real-life thriller.

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photo by Molly Schlachter

From Mary

   By reading this book you will really get to know me because it's part memoir, part mystery, and part investigation into a historic crime---and I am the one doing the investigating!

   Before this project, I've been mostly known as an indie filmmaker who's written and directed four features, and am currently producing my fifth.

    My most widely-released work is HOME (2009), starring Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden, filmed in my local region of Pennsylvania. More recently, I released THE LAST HORSEMEN OF NEW YORK (2018), a documentary about the horse carriage fight featuring Liam Neeson. Both are available via streaming.

    For more about my filmmaking, please visit

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Take a Deeper Dive Into the Investigation!

The Clavicle Scar

The Forearm Scar

Babushka's Aim

Zapruder's View

Dealey Plaza MultiCam


A Woman I Know makes 

"As  fascinating for its content as it is compellingly well written!" 

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October, 2023

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