The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
An able and engrossing novel based
on the case of Andrei Chikatilo (as is the
1995 movie CITIZEN X, starring
Donald Sutherland) – Soviet
Russia’s notorious serial murderer.
Smith is a fine storyteller and adeptly
recreates the mood of life in Stalinist
Russia. But for the bit-too-nice ending
(which is actually a bit welcome in so
dark a tale), this is a thriller that hits on
Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2009