Child 44 / The Secret Speech

Child 44 / The Secret Speech

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by Tom Rob Smith
     
 

CHILD 44:

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.

Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens…  See more details below

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CHILD 44:

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.

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.

THE SECRET SPEECH:

Soviet Union, 1956. It is a period of wrenching change. Stalin is dead, and a regime once held together by fear is beginning to fracture, creating a lawless society where the police have become the criminals and the criminals take vengeance against them. A series of murders now has all of Moscow on edge, and no one--no matter how powerful or connected--seems safe. With his new and secretive homicide department, Leo Demidov investigates--only to find that he, his wife, and his two adopted daughters may be in grave danger. For Leo is a former state security officer who arrested and condemned many of his fellow citizens, and despite all his efforts to atone for his past, he cannot escape the long shadow of his former career. To save his family, Leo must make a desperate choice and face an impossible journey that may bring his redemption...or shatter their fragile future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455518890
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/05/2012
Series:
Child 44 Trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
55,375
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

International #1 bestselling author Tom Rob Smith graduated from Cambridge University in 2001 and lives in London. His novels in the Child 44 trilogy were 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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1979
Place of Birth:
London, England
Education:
St. John's College, Cambridge, 2001
Website:
http://www.tomrobsmith.com

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Child 44 / The Secret Speech 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Jagart More than 1 year ago
The first chapter is gut wrenching and sad. But keep reading, the story of Leo will draw you in until you can't put it down. You will thank God that you were not born in the Stalinist Soviet Union.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the first 50 pages I thought this was the bleakness of Dickens and the psychosis of Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov. The protagonist is a profoundly flawed character seeking redemption and it is indeed a tortured path. But it is worth the struggle to wade along with him. It is a stark portrait of the paranoia of Stalin's Russia wrapped in a very engaging saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engrossing 2nd book of trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing, Child 44 was my favorite but enjoyed both.
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Amazing story
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