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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
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Child 44 (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Tom Rob Smith

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Title:Child 44
Authors:Tom Rob Smith
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2008), Hardcover, 448 pages
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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (2008)

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Sometimes you have to give a book second chans. I started to read the book last year but never finished it but a couple of days ago I thought "what the hell" I want to know the ending and I borrowed the book from the library again to pick up where I left it. I'm glad I did it since the book actually is quite good. So, sometimes you just have to wait for the right moment to read a book... ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Russia 1953 , il -crimine non esiste, nessuno sotto il totalitarismo di Stalin può compiere crimini, perchè il crimine e' frutto unicamente del Capitalismo.
Ed ecco la storia di Leo, uomo del sistema MGB, per aver insabbiato un caso di" morte" di un bambino...( guai a parlare di omicidio) diventa pian piano nel dipanarsi della storia il sospettato di tanti altri possibili crimini contro il Regime...... si, perchè ogni minima mossa nella vita, anche la piu' banale, può destare sospetto ed essere letta come cospirazione contro la grande madre Russia.
La trama e' veramente super avvincente, da non lasciarti fiato........ben caratterizzati tutti i personaggi e le azioni sono ben inserite nella trama..... ovviamente ci ritroveremo qualche scema di azione un pelino poco credibile .... stile " american film" ma creare o destare sospetti nel susseguirsi degli eventi..
assolutamente da leggere!!! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
Russia 1953 , il -crimine non esiste, nessuno sotto il totalitarismo di Stalin può compiere crimini, perchè il crimine e' frutto unicamente del Capitalismo.
Ed ecco la storia di Leo, uomo del sistema MGB, per aver insabbiato un caso di" morte" di un bambino...( guai a parlare di omicidio) diventa pian piano nel dipanarsi della storia il sospettato di tanti altri possibili crimini contro il Regime...... si, perchè ogni minima mossa nella vita, anche la piu' banale, può destare sospetto ed essere letta come cospirazione contro la grande madre Russia.
La trama e' veramente super avvincente, da non lasciarti fiato........ben caratterizzati tutti i personaggi e le azioni sono ben inserite nella trama..... ovviamente ci ritroveremo qualche scema di azione un pelino poco credibile .... stile " american film" ma creare o destare sospetti nel susseguirsi degli eventi..
assolutamente da leggere!!! ( )
  Mandane75 | Nov 16, 2018 |
The stuff nightmares are made of.

Thank God for the freedoms in the U.S.! ( )
  MichelleConnell | Sep 26, 2018 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Apr 2009):
- This is an evocative Stalinist-era thriller. The core characters are Leo Demidov, hardened state security officer, and his wife Raisa. The political setting of this novel is nearly as ghastly as the hideous crimes which fuel Leo's terrifying adventure toward justice. Marxist Russia was a wasteland of paranoia, ruthlessness and hopelessness, made palpable in this story.
- A professional misstep by Leo early on quickly leads to suspicions and betrayals, stripping him of his career. Leo is haunted by his dismissal of a cohort's child's death as a terrible accident, and when he is demoted and banished westward with Raisa (who is herself betrayed as a western sympathizer), a chillingly similar crime in that town provokes Leo to act. From this point on the story moves breakneck, and Leo and Raisa are within a whisker of death several times. The story clearly is moving to a fantastic climax, and it doesn't fail.
- As a first novel, this seems quite an exceptional effort. Glad I took the ride. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Jul 19, 2018 |
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On Page 275 of his tightly woven debut novel, “Child 44,” Tom Rob Smith reveals what the title means. The moment is a shocker — but its full effects can be felt only if you’ve read the 274 pages that precede it. This book is much too densely, ingeniously plotted for its secrets to be accessible via shortcut. ...

 

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From CD Case: "Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all of their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear...of the State. Death is a whisper away. 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. Defending the system for its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MBG officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow, even providing a decent apartment for his parents. His only ambition has been to serve his country. For this greater good, he has arrested and interrogated.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal--a murderer--is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he's ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murder--much less a serial killer--is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife remaining at his side, Leo must find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists."
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446402389, Hardcover)

If all that Tom Rob Smith had done was to re-create Stalinist Russia, with all its double-speak hypocrisy, he would have written a worthwhile novel. He did so much more than that in Child 44, a frightening, chilling, almost unbelievable horror story about the very worst that Stalin's henchmen could manage. In this worker's paradise, superior in every way to the decadent West, the citizen's needs are met: health care, food, shelter, security. All one must offer in exchange are work and loyalty to the State. Leo Demidov is a believer, a former war hero who loves his country and wants only to serve it well. He puts contradictions out of his mind and carries on. Until something happens that he cannot ignore. A serial killer of children is on the loose, and the State cannot admit it.

To admit that such a murderer is committing these crimes is itself a crime against the State. Instead of coming to terms with it, the State's official position is that it is merely coincidental that children have been found dead, perhaps from accidents near the railroad tracks, perhaps from a person deemed insane, or, worse still, homosexual. But why does each victim have his or her stomach excised, a string around the ankle, and a mouth full of dirt? Coincidence? Leo, in disgrace and exiled to a country village, doesn't think so. How can he prove it when he is being pursued like a common criminal himself? He and his wife, Raisa, set out to find the killer. The revelations that follow are jaw-dropping and the suspense doesn't let up. This is a debut novel worth reading. --Valerie Ryan

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:26:19 -0400)

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Leo Demidov, an officer of the MGB, the State Security Force in Stalin's Soviet Union, finds himself demoted and on the run for suggesting the presence of a murderer in the insisted idealistic Moscow.

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