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In the years following World War II, Joseph Stalin establishes great power and control over the Russian people; citizens are deceitfully told that their country is free from crime and offenders. However, a serial killer targeting children is, in fact, on the loose. And now, Leo Demidov, a decorated soldier, must locate this murderer while keeping his capture a secret.
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Leo Demidov (Male), Married, Exile, War hero, Worked for the MGB, the State Security Force; enforced the rules; wants to serve his country; has arrested and interrogated many civilians; lived in mild luxury until he finds himself demoted; every belief he has ever had shattered; has to stop a real criminal, a murderer that the State won't even admit exists in order to save his life and family
Soviet culture
Soviet politics
Serial killings
Life changes
Soviet Union - Europe
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  Library Journal Review

Security officer Leo Demidov could tackle the serial killer rampaging through Stalin's Russia if he weren't being treated as an enemy of the state. Film rights to Ridley Scott; foreign rights to 19 countries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Starred Review. Dennis Boutsikaris expertly conveys the fear and paranoia that permeates Smith's outstanding debut novel of murder in 1950s Stalinist Russia. Leo Demidov, decorated hero of WWII and an officer in Moscow's MGB (a forerunner of the KGB), refuses to denounce his wife as an enemy spy. He is subsequently demoted, disgraced and dispatched, along with his wife, to a backwater factory. A brutal murder with the same characteristics as one Leo was once forced to cover up convinces him that a serial killer is stalking Russian children. Using Russian accents to their full advantage, Boutsikaris infuses his characters' dialogue with a deep sense of downtrodden melancholia. His staid, deliberate reading captures the soul-numbing oppressiveness of life under a totalitarian regime, as well as one man's desperate fight against it in order to do what's right. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 3). (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer--much less a serial killer--is in their midst. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists. Unabridged. 12 CDs.
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