Saturday, April 25, 2009

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

In Stalin's Soviet Union, crime does not exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an innocent person to his execution. Idealistic officer Leo Demidov believes he's building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies. Then the impossible happens. A murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won't admit even exists. On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn't from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.
Don't be put off by this appalling publisher's blurb!! This is a really taut thriller and I love books set in Soviet Russia. Comparisons have been made between this book and "Gorky Park"and they are not entirely wrong. I grew up reading Len Deighton and John le Carre so the whole Cold War era is one I really love reading about. Plus there is no hocus pocus high tech solutions and no improbable forensic mumbo jumbo masqurading as a plot. I have already placed a hold on his new book!
Rating - I give this 4/5
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Reviewed by Sarah@ Hamilton library

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