Three decades, two
murders, one conspiracy
Who is Agent 6?
Tom Rob Smith’s
debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the
arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Named one of top 100
thrillers of all time by NPR, it hit bestseller lists around the world, won the
CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First
Novel, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.
spellbinding new novel, Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love
and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating
conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear. Deftly capturing the
claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War–era Soviet Union, it’s at once a
heart-pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth.
Leo Demidov is no
longer a member of Moscow’s secret police. When his wife Raisa and daughters
Zoya and Elena are invited on a “Peace Tour” to New York City, he is
Forbidden to travel
with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches
helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are
pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal—one that will end in
In the horrible
aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed
his family. His request is summarily denied. Crippled by grief and haunted by
the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes
matters into his own hands. It is a quest that will span decades and take Leo
around the world—from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled
Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York—in pursuit of the one man who knows
the truth: Agent 6.
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