Tom Rob Smith (2008)
Stalin’s Soviet Union is an Official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful State. Defending this system is idealistic security office Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer kills at will and Lea dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.
The Secret Speech
The Soviet Union 1956: after Stalin’s death, a violent regime is beginning to fracture. It leaves behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. Stalin’s successor Khrushchev pledges reform. But there are forces at work that are unable to forgive or forget the past.