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ISBN13: 9780446402392
ISBN10: 0446402397
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Child 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.

There is no crime.

Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear...of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty — owning a book from the decadent West, the wrong word at the wrong time — sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal — a murderer — is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he's ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer — much less a serial killer — is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.

Review:

"Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying. Rights sold in more than 20 countries. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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British screenwriter Tom Rob Smith's first novel builds on a surefire premise: In the old Soviet Union's hermetically sealed climate of terror and conformity, where the official reaction to unpleasant facts and people is to pretend they don't exist, the serial killer is the ultimate nonperson. Everyone believes no one man could repeatedly elude the all-embracing system, and the local branches of the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Leo Stepanovich Demidov, the hero of Tom Rob Smith's sensational debut thriller, Child 44, seems to have stepped out of the pages of a classic by Hammett or Chandler....Smith's prose is propulsive but plain; his real genius is his careful plotting. (Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly

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"[A] debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit....Nerve-wracking pace and atmosphere camouflage wild coincidences. Smashing." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

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"Child 44 powerfully personalizes the Orwellian horrors of life in Stalin's Russia....First-novelist Smith's pacing is relentless; readers wanting to put the book down for a brief rest may find themselves persevering regardless....Don't miss it." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Child 44 is a remarkable debut novel — inventive, edgy and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last." Scott Turow, bestselling author of Presumed Innocent

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"An amazing debut — rich, different, fully formed, mature...and thrilling." Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Luck and Trouble

Review:

"Achingly suspenseful, full of feeling and the twists and turns that one expects from le Carré at his best, Child 44 is a tale as fierce as any Russian wolf. It grabs you by the throat and never lets you go." Robert Towne, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Chinatown

Review:

"This is a truly remarkable debut novel. Child 44 is a rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story. Favorable comparisons to Gorky Park are inevitable, but Child 44 is in a class of its own." Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of Wild Fire

Synopsis:

In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer — much less a serial killer — is on the loose. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists, in this instant bestseller.

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About the Author

Originally from Norbury in South London, the 28-year-old Tom Rob Smith started writing plays in school and continued while he attended Cambridge, from which he graduated in 2001. After spending a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship, he became assistant story editor for a British soap opera, then moved to Phnom Penh with the BBC to be the story consultant for Cambodia's first soap opera. He currently lives in London.

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orourke2, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by orourke2)
an original story line, beautifully written
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Katie Walker, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by Katie Walker)
This book was an amazing read. It surprises me that more people haven't been raving about it.

Set in 1950's Communist Russia, the book tells the story of Leo Demidov. Working for the State Security Force, Leo stumbles across the murders of several children and comes to the conclusion that it work of a serial killer. The problem is that in Soviet society serial killers can't exist. This type of crime is considered the result of a deviant western society, not the more evolved worker's paradise. Moved by the horror of the crime and events in his life, Leo risks everything to track down the culprit and stop the murderer's vicious spree.
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gailjackman, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by gailjackman)
This debut novel by Tom Rob Smith literally blew me away. It was truly a work-of-art for such a young author. It was such a fast-read for me because the action was constant and held my attention entirely. I hated to see the story end!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446402392
Author:
Smith, Tom Rob
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
509
Dimensions:
6.80x4.22x1.15 in. .57 lbs.

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Product details 509 pages Grand Central Publishing - English 9780446402392 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying. Rights sold in more than 20 countries. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Leo Stepanovich Demidov, the hero of Tom Rob Smith's sensational debut thriller, Child 44, seems to have stepped out of the pages of a classic by Hammett or Chandler....Smith's prose is propulsive but plain; his real genius is his careful plotting. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "[A] debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit....Nerve-wracking pace and atmosphere camouflage wild coincidences. Smashing."
"Review" by , "Child 44 powerfully personalizes the Orwellian horrors of life in Stalin's Russia....First-novelist Smith's pacing is relentless; readers wanting to put the book down for a brief rest may find themselves persevering regardless....Don't miss it."
"Review" by , "Child 44 is a remarkable debut novel — inventive, edgy and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last."
"Review" by , "An amazing debut — rich, different, fully formed, mature...and thrilling."
"Review" by , "Achingly suspenseful, full of feeling and the twists and turns that one expects from le Carré at his best, Child 44 is a tale as fierce as any Russian wolf. It grabs you by the throat and never lets you go."
"Review" by , "This is a truly remarkable debut novel. Child 44 is a rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story. Favorable comparisons to Gorky Park are inevitable, but Child 44 is in a class of its own."
"Synopsis" by , In Stalin's Soviet Union, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer — much less a serial killer — is on the loose. Exiled from his home, a war hero must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists, in this instant bestseller.
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