Moscow 1953, Stalinist Russia states that there is no such thing as crime in this new, perfect state. When young boys are found dead they are labelled as careless, sad accidents, not victims. Leo Demidov is part of the regime, he has done everything he can to support it, but in the face of these horrific crimes against children he knows he must do something.
What follows is a fast paced, impressive story of what it means to be both hunter and hunted. Leo uses his knowledge of the system to seal out justice whilst trying to escape the wrath of the regime itself.
This is a fantastic read. Gritty, thrilling and often gruesome it is rich in historical detail and full of information about the Stalinist regime. I didn’t want to put this book down and at the same time didn’t want it to end! I’ll definitely be reading more of Smith’s novels and I highly recommend you read this one!