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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The plot was engaging, but the characters were very well developed.
This work of fiction is very well researched and Smith has an excellent grasp on life in Soviet Russia and the inner workings of the Communist party.
I found the action very fast paced, and the plot (with its twists) was so riveting it kept my attention.
Great crime thriller with the added bonus of an incredibly atmospheric rendition of life inside the soviet union. Read morePublished 5 days ago by S. J. Pidgeon
Set in Stalinist Russia, Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 is an ingenious and thrilling mystery novel, full of suspense that will have you unable to put the book down. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Grace Wilson
Interesting book that brings you fully into Stalinist Russia and it's horrendous treatment of people. Characters are interesting and fill in as the book progresses. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this book. The action is fast paced and the setting, Stalinist Russia is the main character. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kofi P. Mensah
How do you fix the mistakes in your life? When you are Leo Demidov, a disgraced member of the Soviet MGB and you are responsible for capturing, sentencing and killing untold... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Book Club Mom
I loved that this book was set in Soviet Russia, but that it was a murder mystery rather than the usual spy novel. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Ruth Ann Bennington