Child 44 ) depicts the paranoia and instability of the Soviet Union after"/>

The Secret Speech

Tom Rob Smith, Author . Grand Central $24.99 (407p) ISBN 978-0-446-40240-8

Set in 1956, bestseller Smith’s edgy second thriller to feature Leo Demidov (after Child 44 ) depicts the paranoia and instability of the Soviet Union after the newly installed Khrushchev regime leaks a “secret speech” laying out Stalin’s brutal abuses. Now working as a homicide detective, Leo has long since repudiated his days as an MGB officer, but his former colleagues, fearful of reprisals from their victims, have begun taking their own lives. Leo himself becomes the target of Fraera, the wife of a priest he imprisoned. Now the leader of a violent criminal gang, Fraera kidnaps Leo’s daughter, Zoya, and threatens to kill Zoya if Leo doesn’t liberate her husband from his gulag prison. Shifting from Moscow to Siberia and to a Hungary convulsed by revolution, this fast-paced novel is packed with too many incidents for Smith to dwell on any in great depth. Though its drama often lacks emotional resonance, this story paints a memorable portrait of post-Stalinist Russia at its dawn. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/02/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
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