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Child 44

Child 44

In Stalin’s Soviet Union, millions live in fear. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB, the State Security Force. No MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov. His only ambition has been to serve his country.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal, a murderer, is on the loose, killing at will. 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 the criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, its 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 remaining at his side, Leo must find and stop a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.

About the Author

Tom Rob Smith

Tom Rob Smith was born in l979 to a Swedish mother and an English father and was brought up in London.

He graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship.  

Smith worked as a screenwriter following his graduation, including a six-month stint in Phnom Penh storylining Cambodia’s first ever soap.

Child 44 was his first novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. He has since released The Secret Speech, and Agent 6.

He lives in London.