Moscow, 1965. Former Secret Service agent Leo Demidov is forbidden to travel with his wife and daughters to New York as part of a ‘Peace Tour’, meant to foster better relations between the two Cold War enemies. Leo’s natural paranoia reaches its peak: Why have his family been selected? What is being planned?
When Leo’s worst fears are realised and a tragic murder destroys everything he loves, he demands only one thing: that he is allowed to investigate and find the killer who has struck at the heart of his family. Crippled by grief, his request denied, Leo sees no other option than to take matters into his own hands, thousands of miles from the crime scene.
In a surprising, thrilling story that spans decades and continents – from the backstreets of 1960s New York to the mountains of Afghanistan in the 1980s – Leo will stop at nothing as he hunts the one person who knows the truth: Agent 6.
“Haunting…Smith’s most ambitious book.” Los Angeles Times
“Authentic…realistic and mesmerizing…Smith has ‘upped’ the genre.” Chicago Tribune
“Stellar…an atmospheric thriller.” USA Today
“If you’re a crime-fiction addict then you will have heard of, and devoured, Child 44 and The Secret Speech, the first two books in the series. If you haven’t, don’t let that stop you from picking up the final book, as reformed KGB officer Leo Demidov finds himself coming up against his greatest enemy to date: Mother Russia” Shortlist
“The best thrillers combine narrative tension, first-rate plotting and enough psychological insight to satisfy the human hunger for identification…Smith can do all this” Guardian
“For those who were engrossed by the first two novels in the trilogy, Agent 6 provides a moving, melancholy conclusion” Independent
“Smith remains a brilliant depicter of the past” Sunday Times
“A gripping, complex read” The Times
“Agent 6 concludes the trilogy with the same cleverness and thrills” Daily Telegraph