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Publisher Description

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where "crime" doesn't exist.

Mysteries & Thrillers
April 29
Grand Central Publishing
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

charlie knuckles ,


Might be my favorite book of the last 20 years. Spectacular. I even cried twice which is unheard of. Well done!

tremone12 ,

Mind bending

Not for the faint of heart by any means. It’s a tough story, and I haven’t educated myself enough on Stalin’s reign to speak on the validity of what happens in this story, but WOW. There is something to be said for fighting for a just cause but this book takes to to a whole other level. If you’re looking for characters that are willing to lay everything they have, no matter how little, on the line in the pursuit of a government that operates on integrity, look no further because this book is phenomenal

jazzmanjohn ,

Anyone who values freedom should read Child 44!

There are those in the West who have romanticized totalitarianism and even fantasized about living in such a society. Child 44 will destroy that notion. Fear, terror and paranoia dominated life in Nazi Germany and communist Russia for everyone. Freedom is our greatest gift in America, and Child 44 will never let you forget it. Great read!

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