Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy) by Tom Rob Smith
Since Maria had decided to die her cat would have to fend for itself.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
1953. Soviet Russia. Leo Demidov, a young decorated war hero, now an idealistic security officer, is beginning to see the hypocrisy of the Soviet government. Because all are equal there will be no crime. Murder, especially is a symptom of Western corruption. Soviet murderers like all criminals must be mentally ill.
When Leo looks into the case of a boy supposedly killed when struck by a train, he discovers the boy may have been murdered by a serial killer of children. Told to back off, Leo refuses and finds himself at odds with not only his fellow officers but higher ranking Soviet officials. Soon enough Leo and his wife are under investigation and from there the book really takes off.
To say more would deprive the reader of a great ride. Child 44 has more twists and turns than any book in recent memory. Tom Rob Smith has created a page turner that shocks, surprises and thrills. I loved every page of it and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.