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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.
Very unusual dialogue style. This book lived up to the hype.Published 1 day ago by Mary B. Davidson
Interesting in some ways, but not my first choice. It did make you aware of how difficult it must have been, and even today, to live in Russia.Published 2 days ago by Penny Terstegge
Very well written, the author's description of life in the old USSR adds to an already great story. The twists and turns in the story are powerful and believable. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Clarence I. Teem
I randomly opened and started reading this book. I didn't move until it was finished. I was so tired and tried to go to sleep, only to turn the lights back on and finish it as I... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ms. K. Williams
Slow confusing start but sick with it. Great original story.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer