Child 44 (Google eBook)

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Grand Central Publishing, Apr 29, 2008 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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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The weak part of the book for me was the plot. - LibraryThing
An amazing page turner and a wonderful debut novel. - LibraryThing
Well-paced and engrossing with good characterization. - LibraryThing
Excellent depiction of the USSR under Stalin. - LibraryThing
Fascinating insights into that period. - LibraryThing
Excellent page turner. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - carebear10712 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a huge fan of murder mysteries anymore, but the setting in communist Russia just makes this story so interesting. The twist caught me completely by surprise - and ... Read full review

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User Review  - sscarllet - LibraryThing

This was the first thriller I've read in a long time and it make me want to read more. I forgot how exciting they could be. Child 44 is a race through communist Russia that will leave your heart racing and wanting more. Good thing there is are more! Read full review

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About the author (2008)

International #1 bestselling author Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His novels in the Child 44 trilogy were New York Times bestsellers and international publishing sensations. Among its many honors, Child 44 won the ITW 2009 Thriller Award for Best First Novel, The Strand Magazine 2008 Critics Award for Best First Novel, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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