It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.
"Be Prepared Be Forewarned"
The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.
"Don't Waste Your Time"
It is 1956. Three years ago, Leo Demidov moved on from his career as a member of the state security force. As an MGB officer, Leo had been responsible for untold numbers of arrests and interrogations. But as a reward for his heroic service in stopping a killer who had terrorized citizens throughout the country, Leo was granted the authority to establish and run a homicide department in Moscow. Now, he strives to see justice done on behalf of murder victims in the Soviet capital.
"Love this author"
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious. 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 tragedy.
"Well Executed, (but didn't stick the landing)"
The Soviet Union is a country trying to reassert itself after the murderous excesses of Stalin and the chaos of the following years, and as the Cold War continues powers inside Russia seek to topple their great enemy, the United States of America. Communist allies within the United States will prove vital players in this game of intrigue and revolution. Raisa and their two daughters travel to the United States on a diplomatic mission, but a horrifying tragedy destroys everything Leo and Raisa have built. Leo must get to the States somehow and find out what happened.
Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor, Khrushchev, is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will transform.
"the secret speech"
MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.
"Excellent, evocative book"
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. "Your mother...she's not well," his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: "Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad...I need the police...Meet me at Heathrow." Daniel is immediately caught between his parents - whom to believe, whom to trust?
"don't waste your time"
Hiver 1953, Moscou. Le corps d'un petit garçon est retrouvé sur une voie ferrée. Agent du MGB, Leo, en officier zélé, reste fidèle à la ligne du parti : le crime n'existe pas dans le parfait Etat socialiste, il s'agit d'un accident. L'affaire est classée mais le doute s'installe dans l'esprit de Leo. Tombé en disgrâce, Leo est contraint à l'exil avec sa femme Raïssa. C'est là, dans une petite ville perdue de l'Oural, qu'ils vont faire une troublante découverte : un autre enfant mort dans les mêmes conditions que l'"accident de Moscou".
Moskau 1950. Geheimagent Leo Demidow soll dem schwarzen amerikanischen Sänger Jesse Austin ein perfektes kommunistisches Russland vorgaukeln...
Now a major movie, directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman. For fans of Robert Harris, John Le Carre, and Martin Cruz Smith comes a gripping thriller set in Moscow, 1953. Under Stalin's terrifying regime families live in fear. When the all-powerful State claims there is no such thing as crime, who dares disagree? An ambitious secret police officer, Leo Demidov has spent his career arresting anyone who steps out of line. Suddenly his world is turned upside down when he uncovers evidence of a killer at large.
Moskau, 1953. Auf den Bahngleisen wird die Leiche eines kleinen Jungen gefunden. Nackt. Fürchterlich zugerichtet. Doch in der Sowjetunion der Stalinzeit gibt es offiziell keine Verbrechen. Und so wird der Mord zum Unfall erklärt. Der Geheimdienstoffizier Leo Demidow kann jedoch die Augen vor dem Offenkundigen nicht verschließen.
Der Anruf des Vaters ist ein Schock: Daniels Mutter, die seit einigen Monaten mit ihrem Mann in Schweden lebt, wurde in die Psychiatrie eingeliefert. Ida leide unter Verfolgungsangst und Wahnvorstellungen, behauptet ihr Mann. Doch Ida selbst erzählt eine ganz andere Geschichte. Eine von vertuschten Verbrechen, vom Verschwinden einer jungen Frau, von einer eingeschworenen kleinen Gemeinschaft in einer abgelegenen Gegend Schwedens. Und von ihrer Angst, dass niemand ihr glaubt.
Moskau 1956: Den ehemaligen MGB-Offizier Leo Demidow holt die Vergangenheit ein. Eine seiner Adoptivtöchter wird gekidnappt...