Child 44 / The Secret Speech [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Child 44 / The Secret Speech

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Overview

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: 1/5/2012
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digital Omnibus Edition
  • Sales rank: 57,520
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Tom Rob Smith
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.

Biography

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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      1. Hometown:
        London, England
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1979
      2. Place of Birth:
        London, England
      1. Education:
        St. John's College, Cambridge, 2001
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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 19, 2012

      Recommended: Like Edvard Munch painting Stalin's Russia

      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.

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    • Posted March 10, 2012

      Highly recommended

      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.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 25, 2013

      Fantastic Read

      Excellent writing, Child 44 was my favorite but enjoyed both.

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      Nocturnal reading!

      Engrossing 2nd book of trilogy.

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      Amazing

      Amazing story

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