Questo è il thriller più spaventoso e "freddo" che vi sia mai capitato di leggere. Una straordinaria opera prima, i cui diritti cinematografici sono stati opzionati dal mitico Ridley Scott. Lasciatevi sprofondare nella gelida Russia del 1953, in pieno regime totalitario, un paese perfetto "dove il crimine non esiste". Il primo a non mettere in dubbio tutto questo à Leo Dimidov, ufficiale di polizia, eroe di guerra che ha sempre eseguito gli ordini del Partito: ma stavolta non gli riesce proprio: deve indagare ...
Questo è il thriller più spaventoso e "freddo" che vi sia mai capitato di leggere. Una straordinaria opera prima, i cui diritti cinematografici sono stati opzionati dal mitico Ridley Scott. Lasciatevi sprofondare nella gelida Russia del 1953, in pieno regime totalitario, un paese perfetto "dove il crimine non esiste". Il primo a non mettere in dubbio tutto questo à Leo Dimidov, ufficiale di polizia, eroe di guerra che ha sempre eseguito gli ordini del Partito: ma stavolta non gli riesce proprio: deve indagare sulla morte di un ragazzino che a lui non sembra per nulla un incidente. Ma non è facile cercare la verità da soli contro tutti e contro il tempo. Trasformato da predatore in preda, Leo comincia a scoprire realtà spaventose e viene messo di fronte a scelte impossibili (arrestare la moglie, o rinunciare alla propria vita...). Non si era mai letto un romanzo così teso, agghiacciante, perfetto. Ispirato ad una storia vera, un caso editoriale che ha messo in fibrillazione il mondo intero. Una rara commistione di scavo psicologico, eccellente scrittura e brivido allo stato puro.
Tom Rob Smith is a screenwriter and novelist whose literary debut, 2008's Child 44, inspired an intense bidding war at the London Book Fair. The well-received thriller was subsequently optioned by film director Ridley Scott.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001 and spending a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship, Tom Rob Smith went to work writing scripts and storylines for British television. He lived for a while in Phnom Penh, working on Cambodia's first-ever soap opera and doing freelance screenwriting in his spare time.
While researching material for a film adaptation of a short story by British sci-fi writer Jeff Noon, Smith stumbled across the real-life case of "Rostov Ripper" Andrei Chikkatilo, a Russian serial killer who murdered more than 60 women and children in the 1980s. Chikkatilo's killing spree went unchecked for nearly 13 years, largely because Soviet officials refused to admit that crime existed in their perfect state. Intrigued, Smith recognized the potential of this concept as a work of fiction and worked up a script "treatment." His agent, however, suggested the material would be better showcased in a novel.
The result was Child 44, a gripping crime thriller about a Soviet policeman determined to stop a child serial killer his superiors won't even admit exists. Smith upped the action ante by setting the story in the Stalinist era of the 1950s, a period when opposing the state could cost you your life. And, in MGB officer Leo Stepanovich Demidov, he created the most fascinating Russian detective since Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko.
Child 44 became the object of an intense bidding war at the 2007 London Book Fair. (The buzz only increased when director Ridley Scott bought the film rights.) But the book proved worthy of its hype, garnering glowing reviews on its publication in the spring of 2008. Scott Turow (no slouch in the thriller department himself) proclaimed, "Child 44 is a remarkable debut novel -- inventive, edgy and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last."
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