Book title: The Secret Speech
Author: Tom Rob Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The year is 1956 ...Stalin is dead and the Soviet Union is changing under the leadership of Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev makes a speech that attempts to distance his leadership from the violence and self doubt of the Stalin era.
Leo Demidov is heading a homicide department from an obscure office in Moscow. Family problems lead Demidov to try and resolve past issues that have disrupted his relationship with his adopted daughter.
The plot switches from Gulags to gangsters ...from Moscow to Budapest on the eve of the Hungarian uprising.
This book is not as good a read as his first book Child 44 ...however it does still keep the reader up to speed with the psychology and life within the realm of the Soviet empire in the post Stalin era.
This is book number two of the trilogy ...give it a go ...it is nothing if not thought provoking.
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