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Tom Rob Smith Collection (Leo Demidov #1-2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews

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 t
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Feb 25, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child 44: An excellent atmospheric detective-type story. Set in the Soviet Union, post WWII. The Secret Speech takes place in 1956, when Khruschev issued a speech denouncing Stalin's cult of personality. These facts serve as a backdrop to an interesting story in which the main character struggles with his past actions as part of the MVD while trying to save a child by going undercover into a gulag. I highly recommend the audible version of these books -- the reader is a top notch actor with grea ...more
Feb 19, 2015 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars first two books are just below excellent will read third one but probably not before summer really like smiths writing style. Is he one of my fav authors, candidly no but would say he's in my top 20 for what it's worth lol
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Jul 13, 2016 Deyth Banger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
It's soft material and very smooth one it needs little more work, some works are juicy but this story some how it wasn't. It was a book which put people in suspense, and even the people in the movie talked like they are drunk... it's horrible the truth, but some how it should make some kind a trick making it interisting!
James Walton
Jul 25, 2014 James Walton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book with great descriptive phrases and powerful imagery. The story line twists and turns and leaves nothing to the imagination. It has great surprises and action sequences without being unbelievable. I read it in 4 days as it was hard to put down.
Jordan Buchanan
Wow. Great book with lots of detail in the life and times of living in Stalin Russia. Crosses Citizen Xbox with Gordy Park. Movie coming out this year. Should be good.
Apr 28, 2015 Christa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very interesting, historical and descriptive look at a murder in a changing time for the Soviet Union.
these characters are written such multi faceted care you feel as if you are in the story. Leo searches for the truth but loses a bit of what he thought was himself, raisa gained something she never had....i loved their dynamic and the forensic complexity of the case for that time period.
Scott Butler
May 21, 2016 Scott Butler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book , with strong characters. Strong view of Russia, puts you right in there. Quick pace and nice finish.
Jun 22, 2015 Roland rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kruchev takes over and tries to reform justice in Russia.
Jun 15, 2015 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story got bogged down in all the details about Stalinist Russia. Yes, it was important to the story, but at the end, there was very little to the plot about solving the crime and much, much more about living day to day under such horrible conditions -- when offending the wrong person could get you and your whole family imprisoned or killed. Not sure how accurate the historical aspects of the book really are, or if this was an extreme (and fictionalized) picture of that era.
Mar 17, 2015 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent..
Lilian O. Classen
A dark story. I almost put it down after reading a little. The soviet era is very depressing. How could those people be so cowed? What a hold Stalin had on them. But it was interesting to see how things became somewhat better after he was gone. Not much, but somewhat. Once I got into the story, it was very fascinating. A real thriller. All the secrets came out and answered a lot of the questions. Very good book
Marty Nicholas
Feb 24, 2016 Marty Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense. Completely wrings out these two stories so that there's nothing left. Very well drawn characters and chilling view of cold war Soviet life.
Apr 20, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reads !! Couldn't put the books down !
I also read the 3rd book in the trilogy and will post that separately.
Nov 22, 2015 Wm rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This could have been a great book if it did not depend on completely outlandish plot twists. Stalinist Russia during the purges was insane enough to allow for a great mystery novel based on a secret policeman in the security organs who is carrying out the purges. The baroque plot twists where so over the top as to break the reader out of the novel.
Sep 11, 2013 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter recommended the first book to me and I would have given it 4 1/2 stars but the second book only continued with convoluted characters and plot twists turning it into a tedious read that I downgraded to three stars. Overall the omnibus really deserves 3 1/2 stars which is not an option on Goodreads.
Debbie Nelson
Nov 01, 2012 Debbie Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really enjoyed these two books. Enough suspense to keep me interested, but learning more about the state/the views/living conditions of the Soviet people was worth the reading!
Hal Long
The first book was fantastic, this one seemed to lose a focus that was only reattained in the second part of the third book.
Katherine Velan
Double bok murder mystery. 1st one was better than second one. Interesting time in history - early 1900's Russia.
Tammy Prell
Mar 30, 2013 Tammy Prell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding. I particularly enjoyed Child 44. I can not wait to start the 3 book of the trilogy.
Andrea Beil
Aug 29, 2013 Andrea Beil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved it! looking forward to next book.
Jun 10, 2012 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as his first book.
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Tom Rob Smith (born 1979) is an English writer. The son of a Swedish mother and an English father, Smith was raised in London where he lives today. After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001, he completed his studies in Italy, studying creative writing for a year. After these studies, he worked as a scriptwriter.

His first novel, Child 44, about a series of child murders in Stalinist Russia
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Other Books in the Series

Leo Demidov (3 books)
  • Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
  • The Secret Speech (Leo Demidov, #2)
  • Agent 6 (Leo Demidov, #3)

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“—When the police are criminals, the criminals must become the police. The innocent must live underground, in the shit of the city, while the villains live in warm apartments. The world is upside down: I’m merely turning it the right way up.” 2 likes
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