The Secret Speech

By Tom Rob Smith (Trade Paperback, 2010)
Tom Rob Smith-the author whose debut, Child 44, has been called "brilliant" (Chicago Tribune), "remarkable" (Newsweek) and "sensational" (Entertainment Weekly)-returns with an intense, suspenseful new novel: a story where the sins of the past threaten to destroy the present, where families must overcome unimaginable obstacles to save their loved ones, and where hope for a better tomorrow is found in the most unlikely of circumstances . . .
THE SECRET SPEECH
Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.
From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the Siberian gulags, and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, THE SECRET SPEECH is a breathtaking, epic novel that confirms Tom Rob Smith as one of the most exciting new authors writing today.

  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780446402415

    • On Sale Date: 05/03/2010

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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Tom Rob Smith-the author whose debut, Child 44, has been called "brilliant" (Chicago Tribune), "remarkable" (Newsweek) and "sensational" (Entertainment Weekly)-returns with an intense, suspenseful new novel: a story where the sins of the past threaten to destroy the present, where families must overcome unimaginable obstacles to save their loved ones, and where hope for a better tomorrow is found in the most unlikely of circumstances . . .
THE SECRET SPEECH
Soviet Union, 1956. Stalin is dead, and a violent regime is beginning to fracture-leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. A secret speech composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change.
Facing his own personal turmoil, former state security officer Leo Demidov is also struggling to change. The two young girls he and his wife Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his part in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa, and their family are in grave danger from someone consumed by the dark legacy of Leo's past career. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.
From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the Siberian gulags, and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, THE SECRET SPEECH is a breathtaking, epic novel that confirms Tom Rob Smith as one of the most exciting new authors writing today.

Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His novels in the Child 44 trilogy were New York Times bestsellers and international publishing sensations. Among its many honors, Child 44 won the ITW 2009 Thriller Award for Best First Novel, The Strand Magazine 2008 Critics Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
  • "In Smith's hands [the] scenes attain a pulse of exhilaration worthy of Dickens by way of Conrad...a broadening of moral scope and thematic richness." (Dennis Lehane for The New York Times Book Review).

  • "CHILD 44 is a remarkable debut novel--inventive, edgy, and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last." (Scott Turow).

  • "Smith has spun another rocket-fire page-flipper, full of treachery and intrigue and heroic characters...Smith's meticulous research shines through on nearly every page, as here-creates Soviet-era Moscow and Budapest of the tragic 1956 Revolution. Consuming THE SECRET SPEECH makes one yearn for a big bowl of borscht and a couple shots of vodka."  (San Antonio Express News).

  • "A debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit...Nerve-wracking pace and atmosphere...Smashing." (Starred KIRKUS ).

  • Tom Rob Smith "has accomplished what few writers have been able to pull off -- an expertly crafted story as powerful and addictive as its predecessor." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

  • "THE SECRET SPEECH continues the headlong pace of Child 44." (Wall Street Journal).

  • "Tom Rob Smith's breathlessly paced THE SECRET SPEECH goes even further than last year's acclaimed Child 44 in capturing the mood of the Cold War-era Soviet Union...Smith's story evolves into an explosive thriller -- fueled by blind love, fear of rejection and two death-defying journeys that could lead to Demidov's redemption -- or not." (USA Today).

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The Secret Speech
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 448
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780446402415
  • On Sale Date: 05/03/2010
The Secret Speech