Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State's obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where "crime" doesn't exist.
 

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Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His first novel, Child 44, was a New York Times bestseller and an international publishing sensation. Among its many honors, Child 44 won the ITW 2009 Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. You can visit Tom's website at www.TomRobSmith.com and follow @tomrobsmith on Twitter.
 
Published April 29, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 471 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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During the terror of Stalin's last days, a secret policeman becomes a detective stalking a serial killer in a debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit.

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Just as Harris used a detective to unpick the true nature of Nazi totalitarianism, so Smith uses a murder mystery to explore Stalinism.

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Imagine living in a place where even suggesting there has been a crime is a crime. A crime against ...Every word seems perfectly placed, meticulously considered for it's brevity and weight, and yet you never feel overawed or confounded.

Apr 23 2008 | Read Full Review of Child 44 (The Child 44 Trilogy)

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Sadly as a direct result of his attempts at doing right, sometimes things have a knock on negative effect, a fact which does not escape Leo's attention – for example, after the murder of a young boy, Leo tries to organise a man hunt for the killer, but the homosexual population of a town is named...

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Innocents are graphically tortured to give up the names of other innocents who, in turn, are graphically tortured - all of which is vividly experienced by the listener, making a lot of this audio book mesmerizing.

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... BrothersJudd.com reviews Tom Smith's Child 44 - Grade: A. ... It is entirely fitting that this book is receiving critical plaudits, big sales, and book ...

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The Coast

In the aftermath of World War II and the midst of the Cold War, not to mention a recent crushing famine in Ukraine that drove the populace to cannibalism, Leo has every reason to protect the status quo.Unfortunately for him, but happily for the reader, he has a moral code not typical of many of h...

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Leo Demidov (personally, I think Smith should have called him Sergey or Piotr – a name more Russian than Leo), an MGB agent and a hero of the war, has a successful career and a beautiful wife.

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The child's family believes he was murdered, and a witness has seen him with a stranger just before his death, but Leo, obeying official policy, conveys a subtle warning to the child's father, a fellow MGB officer, not to question the state's findings regarding the child's death.

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This is the story of an MGB agent in Soviet Russia trying to solve the mystery of a series of child murders. The novel begins with two little boys living in a small ...

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When Leo's team, with 2nd-in-command, officer .

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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.

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