Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith is a historical-fiction mystery novel originally released in 2008. It is the 1st book in the thrilling Leo Demidov Trilogy, also widely referred to as Child 44 Trilogy. The book introduces Leo Demidov, ex-MGB agent and a hero from Stalin era of the Soviet Union. He used to be a believer in the state’s law and policy that “there is no crime.” His believe started to fall apart when he investigated a series of horrifying child murders.
The book is followed by The Secret Speech (book 2).
Cover and Details of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (PDF)
- Title: Child 44 (Leo Demidov Trilogy, Book 1)
- Author: Tom Rob Smith
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Date Published: March 3, 2008
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847371264
- ISBN-13: 9781847371263
Summary of the Book
MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia.
Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife. Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue.
Reviews of Child 44
“Sensational…crackling…Smith’s prose is propulsive…his real genius is his careful potting…an elaborate mystery.” ―Entertainment Weekly
“One of the rare pleasures of the book-reviewing trade is first hearing all sorts of advance hype about a novel and then finding out that every word was true.” ―Chicago Tribune
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