Child 44

by Tom Rob Smith Fiction

  • Simon & Schuster (2008)
  • US & Canada Grand Central Publishing

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. A relentless story of love and family, hope and bravery in a totalitarian world, Child 44 is a thriller unlike any you have ever read.

Nominated for 17 International Awards. Winner of 7.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008.

Winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2008.

Winner of the Galaxy Book Award 2008 for Best New Writer.

Shortlisted for a Costa First Novel Award in the Costa Book Awards 2008.

Richard and Judy book of the decade.

Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2008.

Child 44

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