New Book 2019

"Doublespeak will leave you wanting more"


"In spite of the ostensible gravity of the material -- the incipient Cold War, deadly criminal plots, deep-seated regret, cynical politicking, shadowy organizations ... Doublespeak is closer in spirit to Graham Greene's amusing Brighton Rock than to his brooding The Quiet American. ... 

It's exotic adventure and Indiana Jones thrills." -The Vancouver Sun

"Smith regales the reader with a tale of adventure and intrigue, meticulously anchored in its place and time." -Publishers Weekly

"Smith effectively recreates Bangkok in the late '40s ... 

the mood is spot on." -Booklist

The real-life inspiration


Alisa Smith writes about true spies

The secretive female agents of World War II in Crime Reads and...

...the "ungentlemanly men" who went rogue selling drugs and guns in Southeast Asia, in

Criminal Elements.

Doublespeak is a recommended spring read!

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"Intriguing characters and an unusual setting lift this appealing debut novel." -Publisher's Weekly


Published with Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's of New York on April 10, 2018 and published in Canada with Douglas & McIntyre.

"The story of an extraordinary woman in extraordinary times...[a] vivid chronicle of West Coast gangster life." -Quill & Quire


"A satisfying historical thriller." -Booklist

"A remarkable leap... [Smith] managed to merge a gangster noir with a feminist spy thriller... A satisfying and well-thought-out novel." -The Georgia Straight

"Fast-paced entertainment." -The Vancouver Sun


“Poetic... It is Smith’s descriptions of West Coast landscapes that make the story feel whole and vital.” -Prairie Fire

“Mixing real people and events with unforgettable characters and unbelievable exploits, the novel is a true West Coast caper and a winning debut.”

-Winnipeg Free Press 

Praise for The 100-Mile Diet


"Engaging, thoughtful essays packed with natural, historical and personal detail." -The New York Times

"Poetic." -The New Yorker