THE SECRET SPEECH by Tom Rob Smith
AUTHOR SIGNED HARDCOVER
First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author.
May 2009 NY: Grand Central Publishing
A gripping tale of political betrayal and lust for revenge, set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Soviet Union in the 1950s Undercover Russian agent Leo Demidov has been assigned to infiltrate Priest Lazar's church by order of the State: it is suspected of being a counter-revolutionary movement. Lazar and his wife are sent to the gulag and Leo proves himself once more to be a worthy agent. But what goes around comes around ...
Years later, Leo realizes his past is catching up to him. When he finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation and a photograph of Lazar is found at the scene, Leo senses trouble. Especially when a scrap of paper found with the body has Leo's address written on the back - along with a portion of the 'Secret Speech,' a mysterious and highly confidential document that could force Russia's government to its knees and tear the country apart .
From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the wintry Siberian gulags and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, The Secret Speech is another stunning thriller from the author of Child 44.