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Tom Rob Smith and Child 44

Child 44"There is no crime."

Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providing for all their needs. One of its fundamental pillars is that its citizens live free from the fear of ordinary crime and criminals.

But in this society, millions do live in fear . . . of the State. Death is a whisper away. The mere suspicion of ideological disloyalty sends millions of innocents into the Gulags or to their executions. Defending the system from its citizens is the MGB -- the State Security Force. And no MGB officer is more courageous, conscientious, or idealistic than Leo Demidov.

A war hero with a beautiful wife, Leo lives in relative luxury in Moscow. His only ambition is to serve his country.

Then the impossible happens. A different kind of criminal -- a murderer -- is on the loose, killing at will. At the same time, Leo finds himself demoted and denounced by his enemies, his world turned upside down, and every belief he's ever held shattered. The only way to save his life and the lives of his family is to uncover this criminal. But in a society that is officially paradise, it's a crime against the State to suggest that a murderer -- much less a serial killer -- is in their midst. Exiled from his home, with only his wife, Raisa, remaining at his side, Leo must confront the vast resources and reach of the MBG to find and stop a criminal that the State won't admit even exists.

About Tom Rob Smith:
After graduating from Cambridge University in 2001 and spending a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship, Tom Rob Smith went to work writing scripts and storylines for British television. He lived for a while in Phnom Penh, working on Cambodia's first-ever soap opera and doing freelance screenwriting in his spare time.

While researching material for a film adaptation of a short story by British sci-fi writer Jeff Noon, Smith stumbled across the real-life case of "Rostov Ripper" Andrei Chikkatilo, a Russian serial killer who murdered more than 60 women and children in the 1980s. Chikkatilo's killing spree went unchecked for nearly 13 years, largely because Soviet officials refused to admit that crime existed in their perfect state. Intrigued, Smith recognized the potential of this concept as a work of fiction and worked up a script "treatment." His agent, however, suggested the material would be better showcased in a novel.

The result was Child 44 which became the object of an intense bidding war at the 2007 London Book Fair. The buzz increased when director Ridley Scott bought the film rights. The book garnered glowing reviews on its publication in the spring of 2008 with Scott Turow proclaiming, "Child 44 is a remarkable debut novel -- inventive, edgy and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last."


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Click the play button below to see the video of Tom.



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Also if you want to see a historical time for the period and some other very cool extras you can check out

www.child44book.com

Also, if anyone wants to facebook me, they can. There are some photos of different events. And some news about the movie. It's really a stop gap until I get my own website up and running, which I will do once I've finished the second book.

And there is a myspace page too.


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