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Starred Review. Dennis Boutsikaris expertly conveys the fear and paranoia that permeates Smith's outstanding debut novel of murder in 1950s Stalinist Russia. Leo Demidov, decorated hero of WWII and an officer in Moscow's MGB (a forerunner of the KGB), refuses to denounce his wife as an enemy spy. He is subsequently demoted, disgraced and dispatched, along with his wife, to a backwater factory. A brutal murder with the same characteristics as one Leo was once forced to cover up convinces him that a serial killer is stalking Russian children. Using Russian accents to their full advantage, Boutsikaris infuses his characters' dialogue with a deep sense of downtrodden melancholia. His staid, deliberate reading captures the soul-numbing oppressiveness of life under a totalitarian regime, as well as one man's desperate fight against it in order to do what's right. A Grand Central hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 3). (May)
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"Stellar debut...completely original and absolutely satisfying." (Starred PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
"Smith's pacing is relentless; readers wanting to put the book down for a brief rest may find themselves persevering regardless. Expect the same kind of critical acclaim for this compelling tale that greeted the publication of Martin Cruz Smith's Gorky Park (1981) more than 25 years ago...a very, very good read. Don't miss it." (Starred BOOKLIST)
"A debut novel from a shockingly talented 28-year-old Brit...Nerve-wracking pace and atmosphere...Smashing." (Starred KIRKUS)
"This is a truly remarkable debut novel. CHILD 44 is a rare blend of great insight, excellent writing, and a refreshingly original story. Favorable comparisons to Gorky Park are inevitable, but CHILD 44 is in a class of its own." (Nelson Demille)
"CHILD 44 is a remarkable debut novel-inventive, edgy, and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last." (Scott Turow)
"Achingly suspenseful, full of feeling and of the twists and turns that one expects from le Carré at his best, CHILD 44 is a tale as fierce as any Russian wolf. It grabs you by the throat and never lets you go." (Robert Towne)
"An amazing debut--rich, different, fully-formed, mature...and thrilling." (Lee Child)
This was a really good mystery set in a historical setting. The twists were great and the end was satisfying to say the least. It kept me busy every free minute I had. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michal
One of the great novels i had the opportunity to read very instructive excellent very well written bravo i would recommend to anyone looking forward to
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I should have learned after reading the first Tom Rob Smith effort. This novel is full of cliches, overwrought language, and one-dimensional characters. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2009 by Amazon Customer
I picked Child 44 up one day and knew nothing about the book but the cover caught my interest and the blurb on the back cover intrigued me. Read morePublished on May 18 2009 by David C. Halkett
This is a great thriller and an amazing debut novel. All sorts of well-researched historical details in a rarely written about time -- Stalinist Russia. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2008 by Marsha S