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To admit that such a murderer is committing these crimes is itself a crime against the State. Instead of coming to terms with it, the State's official position is that it is merely coincidental that children have been found dead, perhaps from accidents near the railroad tracks, perhaps from a person deemed insane, or, worse still, homosexual. But why does each victim have his or her stomach excised, a string around the ankle, and a mouth full of dirt? Coincidence? Leo, in disgrace and exiled to a country village, doesn't think so. How can he prove it when he is being pursued like a common criminal himself? He and his wife, Raisa, set out to find the killer. The revelations that follow are jaw-dropping and the suspense doesn't let up. This is a debut novel worth reading. --Valerie Ryan
Characters are well developed, captivating plot, and a well woven story.
Very interesting story depicting the work and lives of the Secret Police in Russia under Josef Stalin following World War II.
This is one book that you won't want to put down and which you will remember after you have finished reading it.
Okay, I was introduced to TRS by NPR (double shout out: NPR = great way to find new books you wouldn't know you'd love to read) and immediately put myself on the 'hold list' for... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Francesca D'Angelo
Entertaining story. The crime aspect is not the real story here. The real story is how it was for the average man, in Russia during the cold war.Published 8 days ago by Gisle Forseth
While Child 44 is worth the read for the well-written serial killer plot line, I found the immersion into the culture of the soviet era of that period to be the element that out... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Ted Neild
Simply an astonishing accomplishment of imagination, vision and historical recreation. Most highly recommended. Can't wait for the movie version with Hardy, Clarke, Oldman et alPublished 26 days ago by g
Great book! Looking forward to watching the movie version coming out next year!Published 28 days ago by Jonathan L.
Good read- although over several months for me so a little difficult to get back into the plot each time. It is very clever how it pieces together for the finale.Published 28 days ago by Daisy