Bambino 44 (Leo Demidov #1)
Stalin's Soviet Union is an official paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law, but when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the ...more
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Set at the end of Stalin's reign in 1953 this book was an eye opener for me. I just had no clue.
Living in Russia at that time was when you lived in fear of that four a.m. arrest. Are you an enemy of the state? It didn't really matter if you were truly innocent, once you had been named you might as well kiss it good-bye.
Leo Demidov is a former war hero who works for the MGB or state security force and had always done his job with no questioning of authority.
There was a joke, popular am ...more
The Book Report: In the Socialist Worker's Paradise that is Stalin's 1953 Russia, There Is No Crime. (Sorry, I know that all the caps are like having your lashes tweezed, but this is the Soviet Union we're talking about, and everything is A Slogan.) The proletariat is blissfully free of the Capitalist Curse Called Crime.
They're more afraid of the State than they are each other. With good reason. There are traitors, informants, everywhere. Even in your own bed, you are never saf ...more
And while living the unimaginable, there is a mysterious child killer on the loose that Security Officer, Leo Demidov is determined to stop, even after his demotion, even after mind altering drugs, even when he is on t...more
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم اکتبر سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: کودک 44 - رمان؛ نویسنده: تام راب اسمیت؛ مترجم: نادر قبله ای؛ تهران، مروارید، 1389، در 455 ص؛ شابک: 9789641910923؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
کودک 44: رمان تریلری است نوشته ی نویسنده ی انگلیسی: تام راب اسمیت، و روایتگر ماجراهای مأمور سابق امنیتی شوروی، لئو دمیدوف، است که به تحقیق درباره ی قتل چند کودک در شوروی دوران استالین میپردازد. رمان براساس جنایتهای قاتل زنجیره ای اوکراینی: آندره چیکاتیلو است که ...more
Let me begin by saying that this book has exceeded my expectations. Personally, I would say that it is a tad better than Gorky Park - an excellent book about a Soviet policeman.
The atmosphere of fear, desperation, tension, suspense has been used so effectively by the author. The start itself is so chilling - it is 1933 and we visit the village of Chervoy, Ukraine - then a part of the Soviet Union. Lack of food has reduced humans to ea ...more
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The story is set in 1953 Russia, shortly before the end of Joseph Stalin's reign of terror. There's evidence of a possible serial killer at large but one of the propaganda "truths" is that Russia is crime free. Leo Demidov, a member of the powerful and feared MGB (predecessor of the KGB), is sent to investigate one of the murders but is instructed to classify it as an accident. It sets off a chain of events that will forever change the man and his life.
I was ...more
When your superiors tell you to investigate a possible spy, you go and apprehend him/her without stopping to think about the accuracy of the accusation: "Better let ten innocent men suffer than one spy escape."
If your subordinate thinks his son's tragic accident was in fact murder, you go and remind him of one of the fundaments of his society: "There is no crim ...more
“Isn’t this how it starts? You have a cause you believe in, a cause worth dying for. Soon, it’s a cause worth killing for. Soon, it’s a cause worth killing innocent people for.”
This book was all kinds of awesomeness. Set with the backdrop of the Soviet Union and the Russian communists, this brutal story follows our main character, Leo, who works as a detective, chasing a real-life murderer which this story is based on. The research that went into this story is pr ...more
Had binned this but after such glowing reviews by trusted friends it went back on the shelves.
Read by Dennis Boutsikaris
Excellent mid three. #87 TBR Busting 2013
NEWS 15:04:2015 - Hollywood's Child 44 pulled in Russia after falling foul of culture ministry: Fears of censorship in Russia as Ridley Scott film about serial killer, starring Gary Oldman, withdrawn over ‘distortion of facts and interpretation of events’. Source
An intense thriller that places the reader dead center into the gloom and dread of Stalin's Soviet Union. The hero police detective Leo Demidov desperately searches for a murderer (who came to be known as the Rostov Ripper, found to have committed 52 murders of children up and down a railway line), all while Demidov operates one step ahead of the breath-quickening bear jaws of the KGB that seeks to enforce as truth the propagand ...more
For decades no one had taken action according to what they believed was right or wrong but by what they thought would please the leader.
I thought this book was riveting. I couldn't believe it was Tom Rob Smith's debut novel. I especially appreciated how the he combined two genre's (historical fiction and mystery)seamlessly. He painted such an incredibly vivid picture of Stalin's Soviet Union in the 1950's you could really feel the terror, fear and cruelty of a whole country. Friends and family d ...more
I was in the mood for a thriller and picked this up based on GR friends reviews. It did not disappoint. A page turner perfect for a couple of cold rainy days with nothing interesting on TV. The author takes us back to the post-war 1950’s reworking the true story of a Russian serial killer. First of a trilogy that did not leave the reader hanging.Yay! It did not have quite the punch of I Am Pilgrim which I read earlier in the year, but it was not as far fetched either, more authentic with great ...more
Soon after Leo’s loyalty to the MGB were tested. And as a result, he was demoted and sent off to work with the Militia in an industrial village called Voualsk where another body of a child was found. Without a ...more
Going without food is terrible. It does awful things to your body, not just to your mind.
'Child 44' opens in a small Ukraine village in 1933. The entire Soviet Union, but mostly the Ukraine, under the dictator ...more
Dinamična, uzbudljiva knjiga koja se ne ispušta iz ruku (bukvalno :D)
Da nije bilo par nelogičnosti u samoj radnji, i previše lakih i na brzinu smišljenih rešenja određenih situacija, bila bi i odlična. Ovako, ocena koju realno zaslužuje je: vrlo dobar 4.
The detail about living in the 1950's Soviet Union is very convincing, and characters nicely developed. The book's sole flaw is the reveal of the killer's motives and the ending, which come across as something you'd see in a bad Hollywood thriller, but overall this was a fascinating story.
Se há livros capazes de transmitir quão ténue é a linha que separa a realidade da ficção, este é um deles.
A história começa no período do Holodomor - uma época de fome induzida pelo próprio Estaline à população da Ucrânia - numa altura em que o Estado se apropriou de toda a produção do campesinato ucraniano.
Alegava-se que tal medida se enquadrava no projecto de coletivização agrícola da URSS. Contudo, não era mais que uma punição ao nacionalismo rebelde dos ucranianos que redun ...more
It is 1953 in Stalin's Russia and there's a serial killer on the loose. Only that cannot be; Stalin's Russia boasts of being crime free. Therefore, when Leo of the MGB (later known as the KGB) is sent to a colleague's home to investigate the murder of his son, it is not to investigate at all but to sweep it ...more
I don't know if, historically, "Child 44" is 100% accurate. Actually, I think it's far from it. I do know one thing though: it is one hell of a page-turner. I'd like to make clear that as far as I am concerned, being a page-turner doesn't make a book good. I mean Dan Brown's "Inferno" was supposedly a page-turner, but, in my humble opinion, it actually was far from good, making it really hard to turn the pages... There are a bunch of other requirements that need to be met in o ...more
What you end up with is a fast-paced ...more
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His first novel, Child 44, about a series of child murders in Stalinist Russia ...more