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In the style of Alan Furst, this suspenseful thriller -- based on real events -- places an idealistic American diplomat in a turbulent, US-hating Tehran in the days leading up to the Iranian Revolution. Backed by the CIA, and trailed by a beautiful and engaging French journalist he suspects is a spy, David Weiseman's mission is to ease the Shah of Iran out of power and find the best alternative between the military, religious extremists, and the political ruling class -- many of whom are simultaneously trying to kill him.
“This taut and fast-paced novel has a particularly compelling feature: Philip Kaplan, after a career in the State Department, brings to his book a sharp political and international sophistication—rare in thrillers, abundant in Night in Tehran." — Alan Furst, author of Under Occupation
“Throw away the CIA analysis of Iran and instead pick up Ambassador Phil Kaplan's brilliant novel, which illuminates the intricacies of diplomacy, espionage, and high-stakes politics in the most dangerous country in the world with clarity and drive. This book should be required reading for senior Pentagon and State Department leaders trying to understand the complexities of our relations in the turbulent Middle East." — Admiral James Stavridis, 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
National print, online, and radio media campaign
Target coverage from major national print including GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, etc.
Target reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, and more.
Target interviews at NPR Weekend Edition, as well as local NPR stations including WNYC, WBUR, WYSO, KQED, KPFA, KCRW
Target inclusion in Summer Reading lists at Vulture, Buzzfeed, Vox, Vice, Slate, Inside Hook, Mel Magazine, EW.com, and more
Bookstore events in DC and Baltimore
Social media campaign (including Twitter giveaway - 80,000 followers) positioning as a smart, fast paced thriller
Influencer campaign targeting fans of comp titles
Live Q&A (Twitter chat or Reddit AMA) with author
ARCs for targeted bookseller, librarian, and bookstagrammer mailing
Newsletter campaign to general audience (18K recipients), librarians (17K), and booksellers (7K)