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Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
Child 44
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A relentless page-turner.A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience.CHILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read."There is no crime."Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its... show more
A relentless page-turner.A terrifying evocation of a paranoid world where no one can be trusted.A surprising, unexpected story of love and family, of hope and resilience.CHILD 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read."There is no crime."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 from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. And no MGB 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 murderer-much less a serial killer-is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780446402392 (0446402397)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
Series: Leo Demidov (#1)
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XOX
XOX rated it
5.0 Soviet's agent take the red pill
Leo's awakening. In the beginning of the book, Leo is a strong, effective state agent. Then things happened that begin to shake his faith of the state, or the state methodology. He was an agent of the state that caught citizens who were accused of subversion. Yet, these people who are caught ar...
Tyson Adams Reviews
Tyson Adams Reviews rated it
3.0 Child 44
In Russia serial killer not Russian.Child 44 follows MGP - Russian police- security officer Leo Demidov. Leo tows the party line until circumstances force him to accept that crime does actually does exist in the Soviet Union. Leo is the only person interested in bringing a prolific serial killer to ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.5 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
bookshelves: published-2008, ukraine, series, spring-2013, fraudio, recreational-drugs, serial-killer, debut, slavic, gorefest, lifestyles-deathstyles, mystery-thriller, historical-fiction, families, winter-20152016, dec-2015-free-for-all, re-visit-2015 Read from April 14, 2013 to December 23, 201...
Sarah's Library
Sarah's Library rated it
4.0 Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1) by Tom Rob Smith
5/7 - Reading this book is making me HATE a country (I'm not sure if that's the right word, maybe it should be state), the Soviet Union to be exact. Of course the Soviet Union no longer exists and I believe life is better in Russia and the other countries that made up the USSR. But for me the feelin...
Anna's Bibliotheca
Anna's Bibliotheca rated it
4.0
You are thinking about reading Child 44 .. in that case, Welcome to the State-sanctioned paranoia! :) First of all, if you think that Child 44 is a Cold War thriller – as one of the reviews on the book cover suggests – it’s not. Child 44 is a historical crime fiction, with a very strong emphasis o...
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