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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.
It is a good suspenseful murder mystery..However , forgetting any literary liberties taken , it kind of read like a docudrama at times…delving into a lot of history ( true or... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bob C
Heartbreaking and poignant, with moments of lighter relief. Had me totally engrossed from cover to cover.Published 19 days ago by badwolf FR