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Child 44

Child 44
Smith, Tom Rob
Grand Central Pub
Publish date: 2008-04-29
$24.99
446402389
Hardcover

Synopsis:

Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needsOne of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminalsBut in this society, millions do live in fear of the StateDeath is a whisper awayThe mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty-owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time-sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executionsDefending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security ForceAnd no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

Review:

Tom Rob Smith is a N.YTimes bestselling author and Child 44 (Grand Central Pub.) has been long listed for The Man Booker AwardSet in Stalin's Soviet Union; the premise is that all citizens are taken care of and that they live free from fear of ordinary crimeThe problem lies in fear of the state itselfAny disloyalties, perceived or other-wise, lands you in the gulagsA fate worse than deathMillions of innocents are routinely sentenced to death for infractions as simple as owning the wrong bookNow add a serial killer on the loose that the government cannot admit exists and still save faceRemember, ordinary crime is nonexistentThe state will stop at nothing to prevent this information from reaching the public including denouncing and punishing its own investigatorsThis is a well researched, gut wrenching account of the lengths the Stalin regime go to preserve their 'utopian' society.

   
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