Beautiful Assassin: A Novel

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Mar 30, 2010 - Fiction - 480 pages
4 Reviews

A breathtaking tale of love, loyalty, and intrigue set in the early days of World War II from the acclaimed New York Times Notable Book author of Soul Catcher, which USA Today hailed as "a marvelous historical novel"

World War II threatens to engulf the globe. The beleaguered Soviets, struggling to hold back the rising German tide, face despair and defeat daily. Yet just as all seems lost, a fearless female sniper named Tat'yana Levchenko gains fame in the Battle of Sevastopol with her remarkable composure and stunning skill. Offering hope in her nation's darkest moments, she becomes a Soviet hero, and word of her beauty and prowess eventually reaches Washington, D.C. Soon, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt invites Tat'yana to visit America and tour the country with her.

For the Soviets, Tat'yana's newfound friendship with the wife of the most powerful man in the world is an opportunity to garner public support for a much-needed second front in the war—but it's also a chance to gather information about President Roosevelt's plans. Surrounded by those who would exploit her position, Tat'yana becomes a pawn in a battle for information, and she is forced to question the motivations of everyone she knows, including the American captain who has been assigned as her translator. But as quickly as she rises to fame, Tat'yana vanishes. Did she defect? Was she silenced—and if so, by whom? Decades later, a clever journalist will discover Tat'yana's story . . . and reveal the truth.

In Beautiful Assassin, Michael White delivers a heartrending story of war, betrayal, and a mother's love that can never be extinguished. Lyrical, evocative, and powerfully moving, this is a tale you will not soon forget.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - LiteraryFeline - LibraryThing

For all the books I have read over the years set around or during World War II, I have yet to explore every facet of it. The Soviet Union's involvement is one such area I am still relatively new to ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - KevinJoseph - LibraryThing

Beautiful Assassin tells the story of Russian sniper, Tat'yana Levchenko, whose kill-count of three-hundred Nazis during World War II, together with her rare beauty, attract the attention of the ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
23
Section 3
44
Section 4
70
Section 5
95
Section 6
118
Section 7
136
Section 8
167
Section 15
269
Section 16
281
Section 17
311
Section 18
334
Section 19
346
Section 20
362
Section 21
377
Section 22
398

Section 9
184
Section 10
200
Section 11
224
Section 12
241
Section 13
250
Section 14
260
Section 23
410
Section 24
423
Section 25
441
Section 26
447
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Michael White's previous novels include the New York Times Notable Book A Brother's Blood as well as The Garden of Martyrs and Soul Catcher, both Connecticut Book of the Year finalists. He is the director of Fairfield University's MFA program in creative writing, and lives in Connecticut.

Bibliographic information