Child 44

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Grand Central Publishing, Apr 29, 2008 - Fiction - 480 pages
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The thrilling New York Times bestselling novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace

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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User Review  - kerns222 - LibraryThing

Proof that something complex can be simplistic. Leo moves from unthinking agent of the secret police dispensing terror to being a feeling, warmish human (with a little help from his wife and a serial child killer). So long Leo--I am done with you. Read full review

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User Review  - dougcornelius - LibraryThing

Who can you trust when you can't trust anyone? A Soviet detective is driven to solve a grisly murder in a society that doesn't want the truth. The story takes some weird twists and turns. I enjoyed ... Read full review

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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.