The book club selection for September is Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Child 44 is a gripping novel about one man's dogged pursuit of a serial killer against the opposition of Stalinist state security forces. Child 44 is at once suspenseful and provocative. Tom Rob Smith's remarkable debut thriller powerfully dramatizes the human cost of loyalty, integrity, and love in the face of totalitarian terror.
A decorated war hero driven by dedication to his country and faith in the superiority of Communist ideals, Leo Demidov has built a successful career in the Soviet security network, suppressing ideological crimes and threats against the state with unquestioning efficiency. When a fellow officer's son is killed, Leo is ordered to stop the family from spreading the notion that their child was murdered. For in the official version of Stalin's worker's paradise, such a senseless crime is impossible--an affront to the Revolution. But Leo knows better: a murderer is at large, cruelly targeting children, and the collective power of the Soviet government is denying his existence.
The narrative unfolds at a breathless pace, exposing the culture of fear that turns friends into foes and forces families to hide devastating secrets.
What propels Leo to go forward in his quest for the murderer: fear, compassion, or a sense of justice?
Does the book's portrayal of life in a totalitarian state remind you of any other books?
In 1953, the year of Stalin's death, there were 2,468,524 prisoners in the Gulag system. Do you think that legacy affects Russian culture today?
Which character's duplicity or innocence did you find the most surprising and why?
Let us know what you think about this riveting thriller.
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