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In Stalin's Soviet Union, crime does t exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion of disloyalty to the State, the wrong word at the wrong time, can send an incent person to his execution. Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he's building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an incent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies. Then the impossible happens. A murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Deunced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won't admit even exists. On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn't from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.
Tom Rob Smith was born in l979 to a Swedish mother and an English father and was brought up in London where he still lives. He graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship. Tom has worked as a screenwriter for the past five years, including a six-month stint in Phnom Penh storylining Cambodia's first ever soap. CHILD 44 is his first novel.
Winner of Galaxy British Book Awards: Waterstone's New Writer of the Year 2009 and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2008. Shortlisted for Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010 and Galaxy British Book Awards: Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year 2009 and Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2009 and The South Bank Show Awards: Literature 2009 and CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2008 and Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 and Costa First Novel Award 2008.