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Child 44

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Tom Rob Smith

If all that Tom Rob Smith had done was to re-create Stalinist Russia, with all its double-speak hypocrisy, he would have written a worthwhile novel. He did so much more than that inChild 44, a frightening, chilling, almost unbelievable horror story about … see full wiki

Author: Tom Rob Smith
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
2 reviews about Child 44
review by . July 15, 2008
If it weren't for the Soviet Union and the blood lust of the Russian communists, I would not exist. My parents were World War II refugees, on the run for their lives from Soviet-occupied Latvia. They arrived in the United States at about the same time, immigrants with nothing but what they wore on their backs, with the most skeletal English language skills. Had they not spotted each other across the room of immigrants and felt drawn one to the other, well, that would have been an entirely different …
review by . June 24, 2008
In a totalitarian state, which does not recognise crimes that are not political in nature, how does one track and find a serial killer of children? That is the dilemma facing the protagonist of this extremely well-written and atmospheric novel, and it costs him, his wife and his family dearly. Despite demotion, exile to a remote part of Russia, and constant monitoring from Moscow, our hero must somehow convince others that such a monster exists, and that he needs help in getting to him, and killing …
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