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Child 44 (Leo Demidov 1) - Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 (Leo Demidov 1) - Tom Rob Smith

Title: Child 44

Author:  Tom Rob Smith

ISBN:  9781847371263

Weight:  961 g

Publication dated signed first edition, first printing



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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith


MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line.  He arrests whomever he is told to arrest.  He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia.  Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime.

But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken.  He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured.  And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust.  He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life.

And still the killings of children continue…

Peer & Press Reviews

A truly remarkable debut novel.  A rare blend of great insight, excellent writing and a refreshingly original story…  Child 44 is in a class of its own.

Nelson DeMille, author of The Cuban Affair

Telegraphs the talent and class of its writer from its opening pages, transporting you back to the darkest days of post-war Soviet Russia and ruthlessly drawing you into its richly atmospheric and engrossing tale.

Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar

Tom Rob Smith’s beleaguered hero is a protagonist who we know will (at some point) have to rebel against the totalitarian state he works for.  But it is the suspense of waiting for this moment as much as the exigencies of the thriller plot that makes this such a compelling novel.

Barry Forshaw, journalist and writer

Bibliographic Info

TitleChild 44
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
SeriesLeo Demidov – book 1
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Dated3rd March 2008 [publication day]
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Galaxy British Book Awards 2009 – winner (newcomer)

Barry Awards 2009 – winner (first novel)

Waverton Good Read Award 2009 – winner

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2008 – winner

Costa Book Awards 2008 – shortlist (first novel)

Desmond Elliott Prize 2008 – shortlist

Man Booker Prize 2008 – longlist

Book Club listingRichard and Judy’s 100 Books of the Decade [January 2011]
Film adaptation

In April 2007, Ridley Scott revealed he had optioned the film rights to Child 44.  Fox 2000 bought the project, and in 2009 a film based on the novel, with Scott directing and producing, was publicised.

In the end, Daniel Espinosa directed the 2015 film with Scott and Michael Costigan acting as co-producers.  Child 44 starred Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance, and Joel Kinnaman.

Book Stats
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Printed byCPI Mackays, Chatham
ISBN 139781847371263
ISBN 101847371264
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 37mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographJerry Bauer
Cover imageComposite of two photographs by Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos and Paolo Pellegrin / Magnum Photos

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