Publication Date: March 2010
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As the might of the German army threatens to engulf the Soviet Union, a brave, young Red Army sniper named Tat'yana Levchenko becomes a national hero. But who is this beautiful assassin?
To the Soviets, she is a refined poet and weapon of destruction with three hundred enemy kills to her name a dedicated soldier whose skill and courage have rallied a motherland on the brink of despair.
To the Americans, she is a Red Communist with movie-star good looks who is championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt a reminder of Soviet suffering and a symbol of the vital need to defeat the Nazis.
Invited to the United States at the behest of the White House, Tat'yana sets off on a whirlwind tour with the first lady. Amid the curious crowds, rumors begin to swirl that Tat'yana is a spy, a pawn of politicians and propagandists battling for power and control. But before suspicions can be confirmed, the Soviet soldier vanishes. It will be more than fifty years before a resourceful correspondent uncovers the truth and the full story of the beautiful assassin is finally told.
Anne Flosnik is an accomplished multi-award-winning British actress who has garnered two "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, an ALA Award, and three Audie Award nominations. Her narration of "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by "AudioFile" magazine.
"Michael White is a wonderful storyteller, and his work is long on atmosphere, and packed with action." ---Kevin Baker, author of the New York Times Notable Book Paradise Alley