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Subject: Child 44/The Secret Speech
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 3:16 PM ET
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I just finished a fantastic mystery thriller that I couldn't put down- Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.  It's about a serial killer loose in Stalinist Russia, who kills at least 44 children all over the country, but was never investigated because the state refused to acknowledge that the crimes were being committed until one demoted officer ends up pursuing the case at the risk of his own life.  Very fresh and original mystery, although some parts might be a bit too much for the squeamish.

I've also seen that there's a sequel, The Secret Speech, and was wondering if anyone had read it?  The reviews aren't good and its rated only 1 star here at PBS, but the first was so good I'm going to try it anyway.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 5:41 PM ET
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I've had "Child 44" on my list for months and months.  I'm finally in the top two or three, I think.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  I've not heard anything about "The Secret Speech" but it's not uncommon for an author to follow up a great read with a complete dud. 

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 1:46 PM ET
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That sounds interesting!  I wonder if it was based on that Russian serial  child killer.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 5:08 PM ET
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I have that one on my list at the library, it sounds really interesting! Hadn't heard about the sequel, though.

Cheryl

Subject: sequel to child 44
Date Posted: 9/9/2009 10:23 PM ET
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I've had it for a long time.  Tried to read it, but couldn't get into it.  I think I was in the mood for a shorter book and a cozier one.  I'll try it again at some point in the future

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 12:19 AM ET
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I think it was based somewhat on Andre Chikatilo.  We've been following this as a good friend wrote a wonderful play based on both his crimes and and the core meltdown at Chernobyl.

I've been really wanting to read this!  Glad to hear it's good.

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 6:37 PM ET
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I think it was based somewhat on Andre Chikatilo.

It sounds like it to me.  My husband teaches Criminal Justice, and just by coincidence mentioned that he'd be covering Chikatilo in class, shortly after I posted above (when I couldn't remember the name!)  We saw a documentary on it a few years ago, so the details are familiar but a little fuzzy after so long. 

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Oh, that's so funny - I assumed that's who you meant.