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Child 44

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 all cylinders.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2009