Child 44 (Compact Disc)
October 2008 Indie Next List
“The remarkable achievement of Child 44 is its invocation of a paranoid, brutal Orwellian domain in which society's moral compass is spinning like a roulette wheel. This snowy, bitter world is realized with cinematic vividness, and the plot maintains a nerve-wracking tension throughout. A great thriller for people who don't always read this genre.”
— Ken A. White, SFSU Bookstore, San Francisco, CA
Tom Rob Smith's stunning thriller the most talked about debut of 2008 and instant "New York Times "bestseller now in a movie tie-in edition.
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 kills 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.
About the Author
Tom Rob Smith graduated from CambridgeUniversity in 2001 and lives in London. His novels in the Child 44 trilogywere "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.