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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.
I couldn't put this book down! It was gruesome at times, very dark, but I loved it. Only objection, if it is one, is that in parts it read like a screenplay. Read morePublished 7 days ago by patty claire
Very well thought out and exciting book. I couldn't stop turning the pages. This author weaves a complex and unpredictable story. I've already recommended to several friends!Published 9 days ago by dexxx624
I originally purchased this book back in 2008 when it was published as a hardcover. It sat on my shelf for a couple of years and then for some reason I got rid of it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by K. Townsend
I was moved along easily by the writer and felt I was comfortably a part of Soviet-era. It seems historically accurate and mysterious but not outrageous.Published 19 days ago by Donald T. McDougall
Great read - I didn't know how it would end ...or if I wanted it to end. I'm looking forward to morePublished 1 month ago by Todd Krier
In general, an excellent read. I like when I can read a good story, and learn something new as well. In this case, I learned a lot about Russia under Stalin in the 1940's, 1950's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by randy garry
A well-written novel that captures the relentlessly brutal and depressing life in post-Stalin Russia. Worth sticking with it to the endPublished 1 month ago by Westie
Smith gives you an glimpse at the Soviets and the mentality of the world around them. The story is engaging and flows well till the end. I would recommend this book to all.Published 1 month ago by Tony Pena
A peek into the former USSR daily life of paranoia, bleak existence, and depravity. The story and tone of this book keeps the pages turning fast! Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Sampson