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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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Feb 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: thrillers
Read in December, 2009

A thrilling and uneasy ride through the impossibility of living any kind of normal life in Stalin's Russia. From the description of utter starvation at the beginning of the novel to the difficulties of conducting a one man search for a serial killer in a country where crime officially doesn't happen this is gripping stuff. The book has an authenticity that indicates meticulous research. The desperation of the attempt to escape a train bound for the Gulags is particularly memorable. To think that this is what Gordon Brown is attempting to replicate in Britain through his government's relentless massaging of figures so that everything is always getting better (poss. slight exaggeration here). Is this what he wants? Coz that's what'll 'appen. He should read this book. Or perhaps not. Thoroughly recommended.

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