In Tom Rob Smith’s gripping thriller, the biggest threat to Leo Demidov is not the serial killer he is hunting but the State he is fighting to protect.

In Stalin’s Soviet Union, the State executes disloyal citizens at will. Now a different kind of deadly threat, a child murderer, is on the loose. But in a society that is officially paradise, it’s a crime to suggest that a criminal, let alone a serial killer, is at large. Secret police officer Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down. The only way for him to save himself and his family is to catch a serial killer the State won’t even admit exists.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2008
Published by
Simon & Schuster
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