Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Child 44 (Leo Demidov #1), by Tom Rob Smith

Barnes & Noble

Set in Soviet Russia in the early 1930's to the mid 1950's, Child 44 is a compelling look at the communist political infrastructure seen through the eyes of the primary character, Leo Demidov, an MGB officer. Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of the fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals. However, this is all about to change for our protagonist.

Leo, a war hero, and his beautiful wife live in luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition is to serve his country. For this greater good, he is arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. Leo discovers that a serial killer has brutally murdered more than 40 children and is still on the loose. At the same time, Leo, who has subsequently been demoted and denounced by his enemies, must uncover the criminal and in turn, save his life and that of his family.

This?  Was a freaking fantastic book.  I was on the edge of my seat nearly the entire time.

To paraphrase Crush, first I was all like

And then I was all like

And finally I was like

I've already started listening to the next book in the series.

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