The best read of 2008 -- but wait, 2008 isn't over yet! True, but if there's a novel out there better than Child 44, it will have to be the best read of the decade. Child 44 is that good!
Add to that the fact that this is a debut novel, and I'm left in astonishment. Where does an author go when he's this good out of the starting gate?
The story of Child 44 is the story of Leo, an agent of the security police in Russia at the end of the Stalinist and the beginning of the Krushchev periods. It is the story of his wife, Raisa, and it is the story of Russia during a time when she feared her own people more than any other. The story would have been fascinating in any setting, but in the stark world of Russian communism, it is riveting.
Truly the best of 2008!
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