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This is an auction for CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

“Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, CHILD 44 offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. This novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying.”
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

“In the workers’ paradise of Stalin’s Russia, crime cannot exist. Loyal, hardworking citizens will have all their needs met by the state, making crime unnecessary. The one exception is political crime, and MGB (State Security) officer Leo Demidov works long hours arresting people and delivering them to dreaded Lubyanka Prison. Leo knows that many of the people he arrests are innocent, and he knows that he could suffer a similar fate. He does, almost, when office politics dictate his transfer to the militia in a city hundreds of miles east of Moscow. There he discovers that a serial killer is preying on children in cities along the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Leo hunts the killer, but his efforts make him a high-profile enemy of the state (acknowledging that a serial killer could exist in the USSR is tantamount to treason). Child 44 powerfully personalizes the Orwellian horrors of life in Stalin’s Russia. It’s a very, very good read. Don’t miss it.”
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2009

484 pages.

Good condition.

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