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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
The plot was engaging, but the characters were very well developed.
All during this time the author is both developing his main characters as well as giving one a sense of the paranoia and fear that gripes every Soviet civilian.
This is one book that you won't want to put down and which you will remember after you have finished reading it.
Superbly written, moving and utterly captivating. An astounding first novel from a talented writer. It's worth anyone's time to read.Published 14 minutes ago by G B Sieff
Good insight into Stalin-led Russia. The sense of place and time was outstanding. The coldness between humans was palatable. The book was fast paced and easily read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joe
A dark, but compelling book. I couldnt put it down. I thought the plot was fascinating , very well thought out.Published 8 days ago by Susan Reynolds
The author does a great job of describing communist Russia, almost like I am there. The shear detail in everything is amazing. Read morePublished 9 days ago by MM
Magnificent novel, revealing within the context the danger of a society where freedom of speech and relationships are not guaranteed. Read morePublished 11 days ago by J. Mike Minnix
Smart fast paced book, difficult to put down, great read for lazy sunday afternoon, will definitely read another from same authorPublished 13 days ago by Lynley Deck
A page turner from start to finish. It would make a fine suspense/drama movie. I would recommend Children of the Arbat by Anatoli Rybakov for perspective on life in Soviet Russia.Published 17 days ago by Allen P Adams
I read this book several years ago and it still haunts me. The story, set in the time of Stalin, was disturbing but riveting. Read morePublished 21 days ago by OrchidSlayer
Relative to other debuts and the usual dreck in the historical-fiction/mystery/thriller/suspense arenas, I would rate this book at 2-2.5 stars. Read morePublished 22 days ago by SGF