Stephen Karlson (shkarlson) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Stephen Karlson
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SOMETHING ELSE WE DON'T HAVE IN MOSCOW.

That's a crack Omar Sharif as Dr. Zhivago makes when some Loyal Soviet Official asks him to diagnose a comrade. That happened frequently in those days. In the off-the-scale paranoid final years of Stalin, non-acknowledgment of things not consistent with the workers' paradise is standard operating procedure. Thus Child 44. A serial child-killer might be riding the rails from the steps of Odessa to the steppes of Central Asia. An investigator gets into trouble with his superiors by treating that possibility as a working hypothesis. Because the object of Book Review No. 27 is a mystery, that's as much as I dare reveal. I did read it very quickly, and it's not going directly to the Half Price Books pile.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops). 
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