Beautiful Assassin: A Novel

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Sevastopol, 1942.

As the might of the German army threatens to engulf the Soviet Union, a brave, young Red Army sniper named Tat'yana Levchenko becomes a national hero. But who is this beautiful assassin?

To the Soviets, she is a refined poet and weapon of destruction with three hundred enemy kills to her name—a dedicated soldier whose skill and courage have rallied a motherland on the brink of despair.

To the...

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Overview

Sevastopol, 1942.

As the might of the German army threatens to engulf the Soviet Union, a brave, young Red Army sniper named Tat'yana Levchenko becomes a national hero. But who is this beautiful assassin?

To the Soviets, she is a refined poet and weapon of destruction with three hundred enemy kills to her name—a dedicated soldier whose skill and courage have rallied a motherland on the brink of despair.

To the Americans, she is a Red Communist with movie-star good looks who is championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt—a reminder of Soviet suffering and a symbol of the vital need to defeat the Nazis.

Invited to the United States at the behest of the White House, Tat'yana sets off on a whirlwind tour with the first lady. Amid the curious crowds, rumors begin to swirl that Tat'yana is a spy, a pawn of politicians and propagandists battling for power and control. But before suspicions can be confirmed, the Soviet soldier vanishes. It will be more than fifty years before a resourceful correspondent uncovers the truth and the full story of the beautiful assassin is finally told.

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"Michael White is a wonderful storyteller, and his work is long on atmosphere, and packed with action." —-Kevin Baker, author of the New York Times Notable Book Paradise Alley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400164301
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


A New York Times Notable author, Michael White has written a number of novels, including A Brother's Blood and The Garden of Martyrs, as well as a collection of short stories, Marked Men.

Anne Flosnik is an accomplished multi-award-winning British actress who has garnered two AudioFile Earphones Awards, an ALA Award, and three Audie Award nominations. Her narration of Little Bee by Chris Cleave was chosen as one of the Best Audiobooks of the Year 2009 by AudioFile magazine.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    superb 1940s drama

    In 1996, reporter Elizabeth Meade muses over her obsession started a decade ago as the Soviet evil empire imploded when she first heard of the Russian sniper Tat'yana Levchencko. Elizabeth searched for clues about the Communist with Hollywood looks and a friend of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt during WWII. Now in Eastern Colorado she will confront an elderly widow begging to learn the true story of Tat'yana Levchenko.

    At first hesitant as she does not want to be another Trotsky, the old woman tells how a poetess, mother, and wife became an empty nest widow avenging sniper Soviet-American heroine before being labeled a Communist spy. In 1942 the Germans without regard to civilians bombed and fired from the air at villagers in the Ukraine. A pilot saw her beloved three year old Masha and killed her. The sniper was born on that day as she joined the army. She became the top sniper and soon was invited to the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt. They became friends as they toured the country together. While Stalin demanded she spy on the Americans, Tat'yana realized these were not soft fat cats as described by Soviet propaganda. The American media began a blitzkrieg accusing her of being Stalin's pawn. She disappeared until now when a persistent reporter interviews an elderly widow.

    This is a superb 1940s drama seen through the eyes of a woman five decades later after she vanished. Her story is one of sadness as she loathed the murdering Nazis killing them, but also detested the Cold War participants who "killed" Tat'yana in their abusive disregard for her which was worse in many ways than the Germans who overtly tried to kill her. Yet she also brings rays of hope that the human spirit can overcome almost anything as she did with her late second husband Walter and someone else even while telling her heartbreaking tale. This is a winner that condemns nations for their expendable deployment of individuals.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    boring and rambling memories

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