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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 longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

In this 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....

AGENT 6

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.

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.

Review:

"Spanning decades, the ambitious final volume of Thriller Award-winner Smith's trilogy set in the Soviet Union (after 2009's The Secret Speech and 2008's Child 44) takes former KGB agent Leo Demidov from Moscow to Manhattan via a gripping, relentless whodunit plot. In 1950, the Soviet authorities plan to exploit the arrival in Moscow of Jesse Austin, a Paul Robeson — like American singer and dedicated Communist, for propaganda purposes, but Austin's refusal to play along creates complications. The full implications of Austin's behavior don't become apparent until the action shifts to 1965, when Demidov's wife and two adolescent daughters travel to New York City as part of a delegation intended to ease cold war tensions, and tragedy ensues. Most readers will reach the final page with regret and in awe of Smith's uncompromising vision of the realities of a police state and the toll it takes on those caught in its meshes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Tom Rob Smith — the bestselling, award-winning author of Child 44 and The Secret Speech, and one of the most critically-acclaimed new writers of our time-returns with a thrilling and provocative new novel. In Agent 6, former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.

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How far would you go to solve a crime against your family?

It is 1965. Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York. They are part of a Peace Tour, meant to foster closer relations between the two Cold War enemies. On the tour, Leo's family is caught up in a conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy. In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands one thing: that he be allowed to investigate and find the attacker that struck at the heart of his family on foreign soil. From the highest levels of the Soviet government, he is told No, that is impossible. Leo is haunted by the question: what happened in New York? In a surprising, epic story that spans decades and continents — from 1950s Moscow to 1960s America to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s — Leo's long pursuit of justice will force him to confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.

About the Author

Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His previous novels, Child 44 and The Secret Speech, were both instant New York Times and international bestsellers. You can visit his website at www.TomRobSmith.com

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techeditor, March 9, 2012 (view all comments by techeditor)
If you’ve already read CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith, then his latest, AGENT 6, may disappointment you. AGENT is a good book. But CHILD is extraordinary, and you may not think AGENT measures up. You may not think it grabs you right away the way CHILD did.

Leo Demidov was a secret police agent in the Soviet Union in CHILD. By the time we get to AGENT, he is former and lives with his wife and daughters in a slum. It is the 1960s, he is no longer trusted, and he is not allowed to leave the country. So I had a problem with the government’s choice of his wife to accompany students visiting the United States. And when she insists on bringing their two daughters, the government agrees. This didn’t make sense to me. But I went along with it.

Now Leo’s family is in New York without him. They’re unexciting. One of the daughters is up to something, Leo’s wife calls him for advice, and she doesn’t follow it.

It is here in New York that Smith seems to equate the United States with the Soviet Union. The FBI is “the Secret Police” and is just as bad as the KGB.

True, Hoover was big on anti-Communism at that time, and he was accused of using the FBI to harass political dissenters. He’s even accused of arranging murders. But it’s still a stretch to imply that the FBI was as bad as the KGB.

So I wasn’t too excited about AGENT’s first half. But the second half is great.

It’s many years later, and Leo is sentenced to life in Afghanistan before and during the Russian occupation. For many years he trains the secret police there, never forgetting that he needs to solve a mystery in the United States. And, would you believe, with the aid of the mujahedeen, he really does get there, New York even.

Smith is sketchy about Leo’s life in the U.S. except that he’s consumed with investigating the mystery that has been eating at him since his wife and children were there. The end is final, which is fitting for the last book in a trilogy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446550765
Author:
Smith, Tom Rob
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Author:
Boutsikaris, Dennis
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Subject:
Political intrigue; Russians; Conspiracies; Betrayal; Soviet culture; Murder investigations; Life changes
Series:
The Child 44 Trilogy
Publication Date:
20130122
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 in 1.53 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spanning decades, the ambitious final volume of Thriller Award-winner Smith's trilogy set in the Soviet Union (after 2009's The Secret Speech and 2008's Child 44) takes former KGB agent Leo Demidov from Moscow to Manhattan via a gripping, relentless whodunit plot. In 1950, the Soviet authorities plan to exploit the arrival in Moscow of Jesse Austin, a Paul Robeson — like American singer and dedicated Communist, for propaganda purposes, but Austin's refusal to play along creates complications. The full implications of Austin's behavior don't become apparent until the action shifts to 1965, when Demidov's wife and two adolescent daughters travel to New York City as part of a delegation intended to ease cold war tensions, and tragedy ensues. Most readers will reach the final page with regret and in awe of Smith's uncompromising vision of the realities of a police state and the toll it takes on those caught in its meshes." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Tom Rob Smith — the bestselling, award-winning author of Child 44 and The Secret Speech, and one of the most critically-acclaimed new writers of our time-returns with a thrilling and provocative new novel. In Agent 6, former secret police agent Leo Demidov is thrown into a foreign conflict and is forced to question and confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.
"Synopsis" by , How far would you go to solve a crime against your family?

It is 1965. Leo Demidov, a former secret police agent, is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters from Moscow to New York. They are part of a Peace Tour, meant to foster closer relations between the two Cold War enemies. On the tour, Leo's family is caught up in a conspiracy and betrayal that ends in tragedy. In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands one thing: that he be allowed to investigate and find the attacker that struck at the heart of his family on foreign soil. From the highest levels of the Soviet government, he is told No, that is impossible. Leo is haunted by the question: what happened in New York? In a surprising, epic story that spans decades and continents — from 1950s Moscow to 1960s America to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s — Leo's long pursuit of justice will force him to confront everything he ever thought he knew about his country, his family, and himself.

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