Book: Michael White - Beautiful Assassin

By admin
05 November 2010

Michael White delves into history to craft this absorbing narrative of an unusual World War 2 heroine.

An ageing, reclusive Russian woman living under an assumed name in a remote house in Colorado, USA, holds in her memory a remarkable story she has kept secret for 50 years.

She is, or was, Tat’yana Levchenko, a deadly sniper who killed more than 300 enemy soldiers in defence of her invaded homeland.

She was also a wartime spy, sent to America by Stalin as a highly decorated Soviet icon to encourage the US to enter the war against Nazism.

There she found herself manipulated into spying on America’s secret-weapon programme – the atomic bomb. But she couldn’t bear the subterfuge.

In 1996 an American journalist uncovers her secret and persuades her to retell her story – and suddenly you’re pitched into the world of Sevasto­pol in 1942.

It’s gripping.

Beautiful Assassin by Michael White

Quercus, R194,95

Rating: 3/5

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