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
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readers need all the help they can get. In the case of Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, the numerous glowing reviews were preceded by a lively word of mouth on the book. The latter can often be misleading, but not in this case -- this is a very exciting debut. It is set in the Soviet Union and in the year 1953; Stalin's reign of terror is at its height, and those who stand up against the might of the state vanish into the labour camps or vanish altogether. With this background, it is an audacious move on Tom Rob Smiths part to put his hero right at the heart of this hideous regime, as an officer in no less than the brutal Ministry State Security.Leo Demidov is, basically, an instrument of the state -- by no means a villain, but one who tries to look not too closely into the repressive work he does. His superiors remind him that there is no crime in Soviet Union, and he is somehow able to maintain its fiction in his mind even as he tracks down and punishes the miscreants. The body of a young boy is found on railway tracks in Moscow, and Demidov is quickly informed that there is nothing to the case. He quickly realises that something unpleasant is being covered over here, but is forced to obey his orders. However, things begin to quickly unravel, and this ex-hero of state suddenly finds himself in disgrace, exiled with his wife Raisa to a town in the Ural Mountains. And things will get worse for him -- not only the murder of another child, but even the life and safety of his wife. Tom Rob Smiths beleaguered hero is a protagonist who we know will (at some point) have to rebel against the totalitarian state he works for. But it is the suspense of waiting for this moment as much as the exigencies of the thriller plot that makes this such a compelling novel. --Barry Forshaw
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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...
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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...
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Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, was a considerable success (the youthful Smith began to collect book award nominations by the bushel, before finally bagging the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for 2008). That book's successor, The Secret Speech, featured the second appearance of the beleaguered former MGB officer Leo Dormidov. Hopes were high for the final volume in the trilogy - and here is Agent 6, the final outing for Leo. So does it satisfactChild 44 Tom Rob Smith was born in l979 to a Swedish mother and an English father and was brought up in London where he still lives. He graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship. Tom has worked as a screenwriter for the past five years, including a six-month stint in Phnom Penh storylining Cambodia's The Secret Speech The hotly anticipated follow-up to Tom Rob Smith's widely celebrated, Booker-longlisted debut novel Child 440Amazon.co.uk ReviewTom Rob Smith's first book, Child 44, enjoyed unprecedented attention and acclaim (as did its youthful author), so it was inevitable that the appetite for that novel's successor would be keen. Now it's here, and The Secret Speech, largely speaking, lives up the promise of its Fleming-Dagger-winning predecessor, despite being a very different book: Ex-MGB
"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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