Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, is an often bleak outline of post war Russia, a totalitarian state where there is no crime; for it to exist would mean an ineffective military and secret service, which under Stalin's rule is just not acceptable. Families live in fear that the wrong word ... Read review
Paperback. Pub Date :2013-01-22 Pages: 544 Language: English Publisher: Grand Central ... more
Publishing THREE DECADES.TWO MURDERS.ONE CONSPIRACY.WHO IS AGENT 6Tom Rob Smiths debut. Child 44. was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Named one of top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR. it hit bestseller lists around the world. won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel. and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.In this spellbinding new novel. Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear. Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War-era Soviet Union. its at once a heart-pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel o...
MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is ... more
told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife. Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue...
"Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, is an often bleak outline of post war Russia, a totalitarian state where there is no crime; for it to exist would mean an ineffective military and secret service, which under Stalin's rule is just not acceptable. Families live in fear that the wrong word here or there would see the rest of their lives shortened considerably and spent in horrific conditions, sympathy non-existent.
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