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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.
It is well researched, I liked how the author wove actual Soviet history into the story.
This is one book that you won't want to put down and which you will remember after you have finished reading it.
I found the action very fast paced, and the plot (with its twists) was so riveting it kept my attention.
A view into a period of time and world that we should all be thankful that we did not have to endure. Read morePublished 2 days ago by lois jones
Wow! This was some story. The intrigue and the imagination! Once you read it you will go back and reread the first part with awe. Not the happiest story.... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jane Upp
I had a very difficult time making myself finish this novel. I was more than confused by the narrative and not clear who was who, even after reading more than half of the book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by JayWalkerNC
A really fast paced mystery with lots of twists. The depiction of soviet Russia is chilling. Looking forward to the other books.Published 20 days ago by alan train
What's more interesting than the story is the feeling of being trapped and suffocating under that regime. This book tells it beautifully.Published 21 days ago by Renata
This book is well written but it was too depressing and in parts too graphic for me, not a holiday read!Published 22 days ago by Nat Bolton
The most interesting aspect of this potboiler is the insight it offers into Stalinist Russia. What a hell it must have been. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Silverman
This is a great book very bleak at times but I love a book that keeps you guessing I did not see the end coming!Published 1 month ago by Rachel Last Harris
The author gives a real and in-depth look at life in Russia and the paranoia that all it's citizens have on a daily basis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael F Kulow