Moskva 1953 Stalins J Rngrepp R H Rt Och Obarmh Rtigt Och S Kerhetstj Nsten R Brutal Och Urskiljningsl S I Detta Perfekta Samh Lle Verkar Officeren Leo Demidov En Krigshj Lte Som Ocks R H Ngiven Sovjetmedborgare Och Lojal Mot Sin Arbetsgivare Men Han Har B Rjat Tvivla Tvivla P Ett Samh Lle Som Kommenderar Sina Medborgare Att Tro Att Brott Inte Existerar Och D R Oskyldiga Kan Torteras Till D Ds Och Man F Rs Ker M Rka Ett Barns D D F R, Som Titeln Anger, Handlar Det Om En L Ng Rad Ouppklarade Barnamord. If it weren t for the Soviet Union and the blood lust of the Russian communists, I would not exist My parents were World War II refugees, on the run for their lives from Soviet occupied Latvia They arrived in the United States at about the same time, immigrants with nothing but what they wore on their backs, with the most skeletal English language skills Had they not spotted each other across the room of immigrants and felt drawn one to the other, well, that would have been an entirely different story, and without me in it Even so, you won t hear gratitude from me My existence does not by any measure outweigh the brutalities of Soviet power A large percentage of the Latvian population was deported, tortured and executed under the communist regime My life cannot measure up to such suffering of the multitudes In later years, I traveled several times to the Soviet Union to see for myself this world that had so often been described to me, yet nonetheless remained and remains nearly incomprehensible The experience of my travels behind the Iron Curtain is a memory that will never leave me These are the memories and impressions returned to me with the reading of Tom Rob Smith s debut novel, Child 44 Tom Rob Smith has taken his premise for Child 44 from the true story of Russian serial murderer, Andrei Chikatilo, who murdered over 50 women and children in Russia during the 19
B 78% Good Notes Nothing special and a bit bland and repetitive, but a real page turner with loads of atmosphere and a chilling ending. Brother, if you were a playing card what card would you be Would you be an ace or a king, a spade or a heart What a month this has been so far Gearing up the scheduled readings for the coming Holy Week and the much needed Easter holidays, I ve spent March with a number of strange, memorable books that proved to be a rather demanding company I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that Child 44 was the finest, darkest, most emotionally draining reading experience This isn t merely a thriller or an excellent Historical Fiction novel It is a deep dive to the rawest of emotions of the human soul The fight to preserve and survive as opposed to the inclination of some to destroy all that is good and pure Before I continue, I must say that I will not engage in any discussion regarding political commentary or historical accuracy I m sure we re all educated, open minded readers that have studied our fair share of Fiction and Non Fiction on the nightmare that was the Soviet Era Each one of us has an opinion but we re here to talk about books not international relations Any relevant comments will be promptly deleted and dealt with.And as a novel, Child 44 is brilliant, in my opinion Leo is a high ranking officer of MGB but a personal quarrel with Vassili, another member of the State, leads him to forfeit the life he knew His sole purpose becomes
Smith offers a look into the Soviet Union of 1953, a dark, desperate place in which the state had become a manifestation of Stalin s paranoia The ideological need of the state to present the communist ideal as an actualized reality impaired its ability, its willingness to address bad things when they happened, for surely, in this workers paradise, such things would never happen Things like serial killers, things like crime of any sort Thus all crime is ideological and all criminals are enemies of the state This is not a family trip to Disney World.Tom Rob Smith image from his site Photo credit James HopkirkLeo is a member of the MGB, state security, and has spent his adult life doing what he has been told to do, doing what is expected, whether it is drinking the ideological Kool Aid or rousting suspected traitors at 4 in the morning for a nifty round of torture before they are disappeared Life is ok for him, professionally respected, married to a beautiful woman, able to access for his family goods and services not available to the less connected in this classless society But when a child is found murdered in Moscow, the child of a fellow MGB officer, and when he treats this crime the way he would any other, he is redirected from his safe path to a dangerous route, pushed along by a jealous work competitor Tom Hardy
3.5 starsSet 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 among officers, who could tell it with impunity A man and his wife were asleep in bed when they were woken by a sharp knock on the door Fearing the worst, they got up and kissed each other goodbye I love you, wife.I love you, husband.Having said their goodbyes they opened the front door Standing before them was a frantic neighbor, a corridor full of smoke and flames as high as the ceiling The man and his wife smiled with relief and thanked God it was just the building on fire.Then when Leo is forced with an impossible choice he is demoted a
Child 44, Tom Rob SmithChild 44 published in 2008 is a thriller novel by British writer Tom Rob Smith This is the first novel in a trilogy featuring former MGB Agent Leo Demidov, who investigates a series of gruesome child murders in Joseph Stalin s Soviet Union This novel, the first in a trilogy, takes inspiration from the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, also known as the Rostov Ripper, the Butcher of Rostov, and the Red Ripper Chikatilo was convicted of and executed for committing 52 murders in the Soviet Union, though his crimes occurred after the Stalin era In addition to highlighting the problem of Soviet era criminality in a state where there is no crime , the novel explores the paranoia of the age, the education system, the secret police apparatus, orphanages, homosexuality in the USSR, and mental hospitals The second and third books in the trilogy, titled The Secret Speech April 2009 and Agent 6 July 2011 , respectively, also feature the protagonist Leo D
Rating 4 of fiveThe 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 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 safe from the danger of being outed as a bad Socialist with the least, most offhand criticism of the Paradise And death comes, whether quickly or slowly, to those whom the Cthulhu of the State Security apparatus notices.Leo Demidov, then, shouldn t have a job as a criminal investigator In fact, he doesn t He s a well rewarded apparatchik who, in the course of interrogating his fellow citizens, notices a disturbing pattern of murderswhich do not officially existtaking place with no effort, or a completely inadequate effort, being made to see the forest for the trees Leo s life changes, from privileged servant of the regime to lone wolf investigator to vengeful assassin, over the course of the sto
4 Stars Right from the start, Tom Rob Smith introduces us to an inhumane existence of starvation and brutality under Stalin s rule You can trust no one..no one Life is Fear Life is Torture Innocence does not matter Life is a matter of Efficiency, important than Truth.
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 the run, and even to the detriment of his own life and family Clues lead to a place difficult to go, but where answers are found.
Great mystery filled with secrets, intrigue and than one twist along the way.plus a few gross out moments Recommend
Update September 26, 2015
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Child 44 is one of the best books I ve read all year So of course while I was reading, I wanted to tell everybody about it, shout it to the rooftops, fighting the urge to send a recommendation to all my good GR buddies One of the reasons I didn t was because I realized that while I was riveted, this book is definitely not for everyone It s grim and gristly, and there are a couple of scenes that are like a punch to the gut In fact, the beginning almost reads like a horror novel It s a thriller though a very good thriller.Tom Rob Smith creates this nightmarish, claustrophobic world of mistrust and fear that made me feel like I had been thrown into a horrible dystopia Moscow during the time of Stalin was brutal, and I think the realization that these atrocities really happened is what grabs you I ve read reviews from people that lived in Russia who criticize that Smith gets it wrong and his world is about as subtle as a brick to the head But since this is fiction, I didn t mind that I was so completely engulfed in the paranoia along with the characters that I loved it.The basic story is ab