New book by Tom Rob Smith, the man with two first names! I cannot tell you how many books I bumped off the tbr to read this thing.
Ok. The Secret Speech takes place both before and after Child 44 which, hmmm. Ok, Leo does something ‘legal’ but evil and rife with betrayal and Soviet-ness in Ch 1 of Secret Speech, and then ALL of Child 44 happens and it’s fine if you haven’t read it because Leo will talk a lot about what a suck he was in C44 and that’s all you really need to know, and then seven years later…the rest of The Secret Speech in which he pays both for that evil thing he did in Ch 1 and also for all the evil things he does in C44. Sensical? Non.